Creme Fraiche… it sounds so fancy! Yet, it is the simplest food to make, which is very nice and welcome in the early days of GAPS intro. You need only two ingredients, which take just a moment to combine, then you leave it and forget about it for a whole day. That’s all!
Because we tolerate dairy well, we have had no problem using this from day one of GAPS intro (read more about our experience and why we’re doing GAPS here). We already loved sour cream, so to have a food that we enjoy available to us when our food isn’t always especially appetizing is a great treat! Plus, adding in some creme fraiche into my boys’ soup bowls makes them that much more likely to finish it off… and lick the bowl after!
Be sure to pair it with my recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup– a flavorful reprieve from typical GAPS intro soups! (When I awoke this morning ravenously hungry, chicken enchilada soup with a dollop of creme fraiche tasted sublime.)
Do you need kefir grains? These are my favorite ones to use- they’re simple and effective and make perfect kefir every time. Just so we’re clear- this is dairy kefir, not water, which is not allowed on the GAPS intro diet.
Creme fraiche, or sour or cultured cream, is a staple on the GAPS intro diet, both for its health benefits and delightful and flavorful addition to soups and other foods.
- 1 pint raw or organic, pasture-fed cream
- 1/4 cup homemade kefir
- Combine cream and kefir in a jar with an airtight lid.
- Secure lid and give it a vigorous shake to combine ingredients.
- Let sit for 24 hours, until thick and creamy.