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Fromage Frais

Fromage Frais, or Fromage blanc is a soft, unaged, creamy fresh cheese made out of whole or skimmed milk and cream. A French specialty, traditionally this cheese is made with unpasteurized cream. The term “fromage frais” in French means, ‘french cheese’ whilst “fromage blanc” translates as “white cheese”.

The cheese in its original form is very bland to taste but also extremely low in fat. Savory spices, sweet berries and cream are added to improve the flavor which also increases the fat content, sometimes as much as eight percent.

Fromage Frais is used similar to sour cream or cream by removing the dish off the heat, stirring in the cheese completely and then putting it back on heat. Mixing in the cheese while the dish is cooking on direct heat can cause it to curdle.

The cheese is used as a savory appetizer or a rich creamy dessert by combining it with herbs, fruits and spices. Fromage Frais with a loose consistency, ranging between heavy cream and sour cream is often employed to thicken and richen sauces. It is a traditional accompaniment to caviar since the milky goodness of the cheese reduces the saltiness of the eggs.

Fresh, creamy cheese like Fromage Frais pairs well with sparkling white wine, zinfandel and fortified wines.

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