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May 10, 2008 11:42 AM

Crème fraîche in Toronto

Anyone know where to get good Crème Fraîche in Toronto....

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  1. I haven't done this myself, but you can make creme fraiche yourself...just google it, and you'll find a bunch of links.

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    1. re: Darksyde

      Naturally Summerhill Market carries it but I've even seen it at Sun Valley on the Danforth.

    2. A couple of cheese places at St. Lawrence have it. I've bought it specifically at the one at the southeast corner of the market.

      1. I've seen it at the Loblaws on Queens Quay. Where they have the milk/cream.

        1. Some of the chain supermarkets (most often Loblaws) have it, though not all the time. It's in the dairy case, but different stores keep it in different sections (some near the sour cream, some elsewhere).

          Most of the upmarket stores have it, including Pusateri's, Summerhill, Whole Foods, Sun Valley, Nunzio's, Bruno's.

          Alex Farm sometimes has a particularly good version. There's also a new entrant, Liberte, who has a creme fraiche that is much cheaper than the norm. I've seen it at Pusateri's and at Summerhill. The Liberte stuff works well in recipes, but the flavour is more muted than I prefer.

          The Western Creamery sour cream with 30% butterfat is a very good substitute for creme fraiche - different but virtually interchangeable.

          It's very easy to make your own. The classic DIY recipes mix buttermilk with whipping cream and leave it at room temperature for a while, until it thickens. Complications include UHT creams, which sometimes work and sometimes don't, and buttermilks that don't have active cultures. Hewitt's whipping cream mixed with Western sour cream makes a very tasty version, as does the Loblaw's double cream mixed with Western sour cream..

          1. It's super easy to make... I've been using this simple recipe for years.... lightly whisk together 1 cup whipping cream, 1 cup sour cream (must be regular versus non or low fat)... let it sit for 24 hours at room temperature covered, then put in the fridge (covered) for at least four hours to chill.... I put it in jam jars with those rubbery lids... It will last for days and has tons of applications.

            Alternatively Loblaws sells it as "triple cream" - I believe. One of my favourite latin groceries in Kensington, Latin American Emporium, 243 Augusta Avenue, sells a 500ml tub for under $4 - unless price has gone up.

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            1. re: Moimoi

              I've gotten Crema in Kensington many times for Mexican dinners but I didn't make the connection to creme fraiche. Do you think it is the same thing Moimoi? It's delicious but maybe not quite as tangy, and you can't beat that price.

              1. re: Mila

                It's been a while since I've had the stuff from Kensington, so I don't remember, but I will buy it again the next time I'm there just so I'll know for future reference...

                But as I was saying, it's SO EASY to make that and the retail prices of creme fraiche are so ridiculous that it would kill me to buy it. If you get a small no name sour cream and whipping cream, you can make 500 mls of the stuff for under $4. On a couple of occasions when I've needed a "hit" I've substituted Liberty Yogurt (the Méditerranée 8.5% fat type), but only if coupling it with certain desserty things...