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What can I subsitute creme fraiche for to make a recipe suitable for dairy allergy suffers?

asked by @RuthHayter almost 6 years ago
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added almost 6 years ago

I think it depends on what you're making. Creme fraiche imparts both a creamy silky richness and a tanginess that I think would be difficult to achieve in a substitute. If it's the main part of the dish, you should probably make something else. If it's an enhancer, you could add butter (clarified?) for richness; an acid (lemon juice, vinegar) for tanginess.

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added almost 6 years ago

If you could share the recipe with us, maybe someone would have an idea. It's hard to know what to substitute otherwise.

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added almost 6 years ago

Maybe silken tofu?? Agree with the others, hard to say exactly, without knowing what you are making.

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added almost 6 years ago

It is for a creamed leek & smoky fish pie that I found in my low GI cookbook, it doesn't have potato on it so perfect for my low carb diet. I can swap the milk for Soya, but it is the creme fraiche that will cause the problems. It might not be possible but thought I would ask the question.

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added almost 6 years ago

I would try soy yogurt for the texture/richness, then some lemon for the tanginess. I've also seen soy sour cream, but have never tried it.

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added almost 6 years ago

Sour cream is normally used as a substitute for creme fraiche, so look for a non-dairy/vegan sour cream substitute. Just as thought. — Keep us posted on your results. :-)

Personally, I would alter the recipe to exclude the "creaming" of the leeks (I'd have to see the full recipe to give alternatives.) I try not to use overly processed foods (and soy is one of the most processed out there) in anything I cook or eat.

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added almost 6 years ago

Thanks guys. I'll keep you update on how it turns out...

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added almost 6 years ago

Can you do goat products? Goat yogurt is a good sub.