Before we talk about the recipe .....Let's step back into my mother's Mennonite kitchen.
She often had standing on her cupboard a bowl of rich milk from our own cow. There it would sit until it thickened with a slightly sour taste and velvety texuture. I never ate it but when I started dating my husband-to-be we discovered it was a comfort food to him. After that, if my mom knew he was coming, she made sure she greeted him with a bowl of what was called "Dikja Malch" (Thick Milk) Now, hop-skip-jump over land or ocean to the kitchen of a famous French chef. He is preparing Crème Fraiche (pronouced krem fresh) Thick Milk or Crème Fraiche -- what's in a name ?? the transformation of common to gourmet !
Purchasing Crème Fraiche can be expensive but easy to make yourself.
* 2 cups whipping cream
* 2 tbsp buttermilk
1.Heat slightly the 2 cups whipping cream - not more than to 40 C - this makes the cream barely warm.
2.Stir in the buttermilk.
3.Pour into a jar or bowl and cover lightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place in your kitchen. Don't touch it for 24 hours. It should be thickened and have a slightly sour/nutty taste. For a stronger flavour and firmer texture leave for several more hours. 4. When done, refrigerate. It will keep in the fridge up to a week.
TIP - Crème Fraiche can be whipped (after being chilled in fridge) When whipped with a little sugar and vanilla it makes an amazing dessert topping - it permanently holds it's shape without stabilizers and it is delicious ! Crème Fraiche is used in a variety of recipes, only a 'google' away!
(my husband chuckled when I served him this dessert but thought it needed 'pepper' and suggested that finely grated dark chocolate would do it ! )