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French Breakfast Menu

A french breakfast is usually light and incorporates foods such as fluffy pastries and sweets in small portion sizes. The typical french breakfast rarely consist of sausages and eggs. French breakfast recipes also do not contain any savory foods. One of the most popular french breakfast foods is croissants. These crescent sweet pastry rolls originated in Austria but went on to become part of French cuisine.


There are two types of croissants, croissant nature and butter croissant or croissant au beurre.

Croissants may be eaten in a variety of ways such as with jam or stuffed with fillings of chicken and cheese. They may also be eaten plain along with a cup of steaming coffee. It is important to remember that they are high in calorie content. Each croissant carries about 125 to 150 calories.

French Bread Or Baguettes:

Another important item in the french breakfast menu is the baguette or French bread. It is a light bread that comes in the shape of a long loaf. Baguettes must be eaten fresh as they tend to go stale after a few hours. The bread is made using flour, water and yeast. Today baguettes are also made with whole wheat, milk, sugar, sourdough and rye. At breakfast, baguettes may be eaten with jams or butter. There are also some other types of French bread such as brioche and pain au noix (bread with nuts). View this recipe for French Bread Baguette

French Toast:

French toast is a popular breakfast dish not just in France, but in other parts of the world as well. To make French toast, bread slices are dipped in a mixture of egg and milk. The slices are then cooked on a griddle until they become brown. In a french toast breakfast, one can serve various toppings such as honey, maple syrup, jam, marmalade and even gravy.


Beverages, whether hot or cold, also form an important part of a French breakfast. But fresh orange juice and hot chocolate are also popular. Café au lait is generally the morning coffee and is made with coffee and hot milk. French coffee beans are rich in flavor and aroma and therefore just a small amount of coffee is enough to begin the day. Hot chocolate is prepared in a very different manner in France. Instead of using pre-sweetened hot chocolate, the French melt chocolate in hot milk. This gives the drink a rich chocolate flavor. Most people in France do not drink milk or tea with their breakfast. Read more on french chocolate

French Foods Recipes

Here are some popular french recipes for breakfast dishes:

French Breakfast Puffs:
  • You will need 1 egg, 1 ½ cups all purpose flour, 1/3 cup shortening, ½ cup sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ cup milk, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup butter, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and salt to taste.
  • Firstly, heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the sugar, egg and shortening in a mixing bowl and then add the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and milk.
  • Add the batter equally into 15 greased muffin cups and bake for about 25 minutes or until the puffs turn golden brown.
  • Roll the fresh muffins in melted butter and then sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Crepes Or Pancakes:

  • You will need 1 ½ cups all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 cups milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 large eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla and shortening.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat the mixture until smooth.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and lightly butter it. Pour a bit less than ¼ cup of the batter and rotate the pan so that the batter forms a thin layer.
  • Once it turns brown, turn the crepe over using a wide spatula and cook the other side.
  • Add the toppings of your choice over each crepe, roll, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Chocolat Chaude Or French Hot Chocolate:

  • You will need 3 cups hot milk, 6 ounces chopped chocolate, hot water, sugar, whipped cream and chocolate curls.
  • Melt the chocolate in ¼ cup of water using a heat-safe glass container.
  • Add the milk and 3 tablespoons more of hot water until the mixture becomes smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into cups and add the desired quantity of sugar.
  • Add some whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls before serving.

Brouillade De Truffles Or Eggs With Black Truffle:

  • You will need 8 eggs, 1 ounce shaved black truffle, 6 tablespoons butter, ground white pepper and salt.
  • Heat some water in a double boiler until it simmers.
  • Beat the truffles and eggs in the top part of the boiler.
  • Add butter and continue to whisk until the eggs become scrambled.
  • Remove from the heat, add pepper and salt and serve hot.
Submitted on January 16, 2014