How did I live the first 23 years of my life without Fromage Blanc? I simply did not know about it! Luckily when I moved to France eight years ago, I quickly discovered it and now consider it a staple in my diet. It is classified as a cheese, though it might remind you more of greek yogurt. Like yogurt, it’s made from milk and not cream (unlike creme fraiche) and thus contains way fewer calories than cream cheese or sour cream for instance. You can use it as you would ricotta in any recipe, or of course on its own or accompanied with fresh fruit, herbs, spices, or on toast. If you’ve never tried it, it’s time you venture to a specialty cheese store and buy a little pot!
Let’s start with the taste: I find it to be a slightly tangy and with a slightly salty kick. With a little sugar sprinkled in it livens it up and is just delightful as a dessert.
But what exactly is it?
I couldn’t have said it any better than Dairy Goddess:
- Fromage Blanc is made from bacteria working at low temperatures and with a bit of rennet added (included in our Fromage Blanc cultures). The milk for this never goes above body temperature so it is great for folks wanting to retain the good things from raw milk.
- Yogurt on the other hand is made from a bacteria combo working at higher temperatures and no rennet is added. It also needs to be heated well beyond body temperature to 185-190F and thus destroying the natural flora and enzymes from raw milk. This is done to release the whey proteins which can then be used for better texture and food value in the yogurt.
It works beautifully when paired with fresh fruit, such as this dessert idea – Fromage Blanc with fresh Strawberries, Mint leaves and a sprinkling of Sugar.
The natural fat in fromage blanc will keep you full and satisfied for several hours. Fromage Blanc does not exist in 0%! No yogurt should EVER be fat-free! Please don’t buy any more fat free yogurt! It is not going to fill you up and let’s be honest, it’s pretty tasteless. Whole milk yogurt, when eaten in normal small portions, will never make you fat. Your body will only thank you for finally giving it what it wants and might shed some of the fat its been holding on to for dear life once you reintegrate fat into your diet in a very gradual healthy way, combined with other fresh un-packaged natural foods. By the way, if this topic interests you, today I have a guest post on Girls Actually about this very subject: Ditching Packaged Foods + Eating for Real!
You can also have Fromage Blanc paired with nuts, ripe kiwis and honey, a beautiful combination of flavors and textures:
My one advice is to always go for the expensive stuff when it comes to dairy products. It really is better.
Are you able to find Fromage Blanc where you live, outside of France? Please comment below!
Now, don’t mind if I do… dig into this little bowl of heaven,