Crème fraîche is a classic French ingredient used in a variety of sweet and savoury recipes. It adds a rich, silky smooth texture and a slight tangy flavour. A dollop of this can be added to pasta sauces, dips, soups and desserts to add a subtle acidity and creamy texture.
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Easy crème fraîche recipes
You can’t go wrong with salmon, pasta and a great big dollop of crème fraîche. Make our high protein, low salt midweek dinner in a matter of 20 minutes.
Try our delicious crispy salmon pie for a casual midweek meal. Buttery swiss chard (stems and all), fresh salmon chunks and plenty of crème fraîche makes for a perfect filo pastry pie filling.
A vibrant, summery soup packed with courgette, fresh mint and lemon zest. Best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top for an extra creamy texture.
This vibrant red party dip really packs a punch from earthy beets and fiery horseradish. Balance out the flavours with a cooling crème fraîche base. You can put this together in a flash, all it needs is a quick whizz in a food processor.
Try our moreish potato pancakes topped with crème fraîche and chives for a savoury brunch this weekend.
Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs, this warming soup features plum tomatoes, carrot and thyme. Finish by stirring through rich crème fraîche and serve with plenty of crusty bread.
Make your next salmon pasta dish really creamy (but still healthy) with reduced-fat crème fraîche. Peas and dill add greenery and there’s lemon zest for freshness.
Ramp up your scones by adding blueberries, crème fraîche and a zingy lemon glaze to the mix. Perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
A Russian classic, this beef and chestnut mushroom stroganoff is made super-creamy with a tub of crème fraîche. There’s paprika for that signature colour, plus a little celery salt and fries to serve.
These little banana pots make a great family pudding. Caramelised bananas form the base of the dessert, topped with a banana fool made from crème fraîche and yogurt and finished with a crumbling of ginger nut biscuits.
Similar to a pizza but without the tomato sauce, this festive German flammkuchen recipe tops a doughy base with smoky bacon lardons, smooth crème fraîche, nutmeg and fresh thyme.
Blow your friends away with this chocolate fondant recipe served with a creamy crème fraîche sorbet. It takes a bit of effort but is totally worth it. Extremely indulgent, decadent chocolate paired with a slightly sharp, refreshing sorbet is an instant winner.
This recipe for wild salmon with pickled gherkins, crème fraîche and dill is a perfect example of how quality ingredients prepared simply but well make a vibrant dish with clean flavours. Serve up as a simple but impressive dinner party starter.