Homemade Lavender Crème Fraîche

by autumn on May 23, 2014

Lavender Creme Fraiche // Autumn Makes & DoesToday, I am excited to be a part of the blog book tour for my friend Kate Payne’s new book The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. I’m sharing a peek inside the book and a chance to win a copy today! Be sure to check out the blog book tour calendar below for many more chances to win!


Last weekend I unearthed four cans of pumpkin puree from my closet. In all seriousness, I think there are at least two more in there. I’m a little scared to try to definitively find out. I don’t have a pantry, so I stash things around the apartment where space permits. So here I am with six cans of pumpkin puree in my closet at the end of May, which is not exactly pumpkin flavored treats season. In the wake of my little discovery, Kate’s urging in from The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen that a “spare pantry” is ideal really stuck with me.

Lavender Creme Fraiche // Autumn Makes & Does

The book is full of good, uncomplicated advice like this for becoming a better, more economical cook. There’s a section of basic methods for things like yeast bread, which I always find myself googling when I want a framework to riff on, but never seem to be able to find. I appreciated the really practical, realistic suggestions around meal planning and the many other tangible takeaways that the book has to offer. It’s part reference too. Kate decodes things like the difference between “best by date,” “use by date,” etc. (THANK YOU!)

Finally, there are a bunch of great foundational recipes, like this homemade crème fraîche with an optional infusion step. Obviously, as a food blogger, I am someone who is at least comfortable in the kitchen, but I still found this book to be an incredibly useful guide to cooking with greater skill and economy and making better use of what you have–all good things!

Lavender Creme Fraiche // Autumn Makes & Does

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  • Recipe reprinted with permission from Harper Collins
  • I didn’t have any loose leaf tea, but I did have plenty of culinary lavender, which I often use for tea. I followed the instructions exactly, subbing culinary lavender buds for the tea in the above recipe.

Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of the book from Harper Collins. They will also furnish the winner’s copy. My opinions are my own. 



Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DebbieK May 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Looks like a fun cookbook I could learn lots from!


2 Aimee @ Simple Bites May 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

What a cool recipe! Kate’s new book looks fabulous.


3 Jessica May 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

amazing – another book to add to the collection


4 Jodi May 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for all of your effort!


5 Michaela May 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

What a delicious recipe and a lovely book!


6 Laura May 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Looks like an amazing book, can’t wait to get my hands on one.


7 Cindy May 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Thank you for the recipe! Looks like a great book.


8 KarenV May 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to see more from the new book.


9 Kelly @ Kelly Bakes May 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

This was sooo stinkin’ good! I am not crazy about lavender, but this creme fraiche was a gamechanger fo’ sho. Thank you for dinner the other night… and for giving me half your apartment (including that marble slab haha). <3


10 Michelle May 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I came from a link to the book giveaway but am off to scan through your ice cream recipes! :)


11 Candy May 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

That sounds great. I don’t have any lavender, but all kinds of tea. I even have heavy cream in the fridge (and garden strawberries)!


12 Eileen May 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Such an interesting recipe! I’ve never made creme fraiche at home, but it sounds surprisingly easy–and obviously delicious. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


13 JoAnn May 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Very excited to explore her book!


14 Melissa May 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for the recipe – sounds delish!


15 Kate @ Snowflake Kitchen May 24, 2014 at 3:16 am

So excited for Kate’s book. And making creme fraiche for the first time!


16 tcmaryf May 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Lov, lov lavender and what an interesting use for it. What a great intro to the book, can’t wait to see the book.


17 Caitlin M May 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

This seems like such a neat book!


18 Kate I. May 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I’ve yet to make crème fraîche but love the idea of incorporating lavender so much that I simply must try it! Thank you for the recipe and the book giveaway!


19 Courtney May 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I’ve never thought about making this on my own, but I totally feel the urge to now. I love lavender and think that was an awesome substitution.


20 Rochelle B. May 30, 2014 at 12:37 am

Thank you for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it.


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