I want to make green tomato soup but the recipe I have calls for creme fraiche. I cannot get creme fraiche. Will using heavy cream as a substitute smooth out the sourness of the green tomatoes and still be pleasant tasting? I prefer a little sweet to tart tasting anyway.

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    Can you wait 12 hours? You can make creme fraiche in that period of time. You could probably cheat and get a decent result in 8 hours.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 21:28
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    Is the "cannot have" rooted in belief, diet, intolerance, not having any handy, or some other reason? Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 23:05
  • possible duplicate of What should I look for in an alternative to crème fraîche?
    – Joe M
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 1:58

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If you add only heavy creme the final result will be more smooth and a little bit sweeter (even though green tomatoes are very sour to taste). If you have access to a white yogurt (non sweetened) or greek yogurt you can add that to the soup, maybe by adding it gradually and correcting with cream if the taste degenerates.

  • I'll try adding the heavy creme in a single bowl of soup and see where it goes also will try sour cream, maybe together both? There is no way I can use yogurt, it is a no no for me.
    – Barbara
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 17:38
  • i'm sorry for my mistake. yes, you can try in a small batch. after all, cooking is part following recipes to the single gram and part experiment! Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 8:28

You can easily make your own craime fraiche with heavy cream and a couple of tablespoons of live culture buttermilk. Just let it sit in a warm place overnight and it will be ready the next morning.

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