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Old 11-19-2011, 04:41 AM   #1
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Fromage frais???

Hello,

A recipe in my cookbook says to use fromage frais. Something I have never heard or seen at a shopping center. I've gathered its some sort of cream cheese from the internet and that's it (im noob). I'm going to go shopping tomorrow and just incase there is none in store what can i use as substitute? and which brand? i live in australia

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Old 11-19-2011, 04:47 AM   #2
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:11 AM   #3
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:59 AM   #4
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Fromage frais means fresh cheese. It's a fairly low fat product. A reduced fat cream cheese would work as a substitute.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:58 AM   #5
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Fromage frais is a little like ricotta or mascarpone, except without the grainy texture. It's thinner in consistency than cream cheese. I think cream cheese would work, but you may want to stir in some yogurt to thin it out a little.
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:02 AM   #6
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I agree.

A combination of cream cheese and either sour cream or Greek yogurt would be good.
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1:1 ratio of cream cheese and greek yoghurt will suffice?
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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Yogurt would introduce a tartness that's not appropriate. Reduced fat cream cheese, commonly known as Neufchatel cheese, is naturally softer than regular cream cheese. If dilution is needed, I'd recommend a more neutral flavored ingredient such as milk.
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:13 AM   #9
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Well, I've made fresh cheese a number of times using either yogurt or buttermilk as the culture medium, so I would have disagree about the tartness, but that's fine.

In fact, if bass_toan has a day to spare, it's very easy to make your own. Lowfat milk, lemon juice, buttermilk or yogurt, and salt are all you need. There are many recipes online.
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Did a google search and several places said it is also called fromage blanc and maquee. A couple places said it's similar to quark. It was described as a light, creamy cheese made from part fat or skim milk. I would think based off the description nuefchatel or mascarpone might work if you can't find it under any of its names.
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