Whether I’m attending brunch as a guest, or hosting for family and friends, I look for recipes that can be mostly or partially made ahead. That always makes for the most stress-free morning on the day of the event. I made this lemon creme fraiche with fresh berries for a winter brunch with friends. We had decided in advance who would bring which dish so that our menu would contain a variety of foods and offer a complete meal to all guests. I highly recommend doing this for your get-togethers so that you don’t end up with duplicates or too much of one category.
Lemon Creme Fraiche with Berries Recipe
(adapted from Food.com)
This lemon creme fraiche recipe is ideal for brunches; it’s so simple, really delicious, and looks pretty adorning your table. I found that refrigerating overnight works best and, because I don’t want such an overpowering lemon flavor, I recommend adding the lemon juice in moderation until you reach your desired flavor. I prepared individual servings in small mason jars. This way I could easily transport them and they would be ready-to-eat upon my arrival. For the toppings, this three-party serving dish, covered in saran wrap was easy enough to travel with and allowed each guest to make the parfait to her liking. If you were hosting, it would be just as easy to pre-assemble these lemon creme fraiche pots in their entirety.
Lemon Creme Fraiche with Fresh Berries
A light and fresh side for a winter brunch.
- 1 8 oz. pkg. creme fraiche (I use Trader Joe's)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
- Berries of your choice (whatever is in season)
- Mint leaves for garnish
Combine creme fraiche, lemon juice and lemon zest until well mixed. Refrigerate for eight hours, or overnight. Serve with berries and mint leaves.
What to Serve with Your Creme Fraiche
This lemon creme fraiche pairs perfectly with this simple egg souffle dish (it looks so elegant but is also super easy!) or even a side of scrambled eggs. To make your scrambled eggs extra fluffy and delicious, try making them with 4 ounces of cream cheese and stirring them constantly until they’re soft and still shiny. Sprinkle them with fresh chives and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Your guests will love them, I promise!
What recipes are you making for the holidays?
I’m always looking for new and delicious recipes to try. Send me your favorites or comment below with links so I can give them a whirl. Whatever you’re serving, enjoy all of your holiday time around the table. Sharing a meal with the ones you love is my favorite part of the holidays. Food really does bring people together. <3