|Alternative name(s)||Fromage blanc, maquée|
|Place of origin||France|
|Main ingredient(s)||whole or skimmed milk, cream|
Fromage frais (also known as fromage blanc, maquée and similar to some kinds of quark) is a dairy product, originating from the north of France and the south of Belgium. The name means "fresh cheese" in French (fromage blanc translates as "white cheese").
Fromage frais is a creamy soft cheese made with whole or skimmed milk and cream. It has the consistency of cream cheese, but with less food energy and cholesterol. Where available, low-fat cream cheese is an acceptable substitute for fromage frais.
In many Western countries, fromage frais is sold in supermarkets alongside yogurts: the unsweetened version in large tubs, while the sweetened version is often sold in miniature tubs and marketed as a children's dessert. (A very common such brand in much of Europe is Petits Filous, manufactured by Yoplait.)
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