A traditional French breakfast is a croissant and coffee or a tartine with butter and jam. These are both enjoyed with a cup of coffee in a variety of ways or a cup of tea. You can always add on to your breakfast with an egg or orange juice.
The French press is from Bodum. It takes more work than a Nespresso cup of coffee but it also has a different flavor.
This is a very simple way to transport yourself to France from the comfort of your own home. I typically reserve croissant days for weekends as a special treat. You can pick one up from your local bakery or Trader Joe’s has some great frozen bake-at-home croissants.
In terms of butter, I highly recommend Trader Joe’s French butter from Brittany. If you want to take it an extra step, you can put some salt flakes on your butter for an extra hit of salty.
You can also now purchase Bordier butter online at some spots in the US. Try to find a local spot that sells it instead of having it shipped because shipping prices can be expensive for butter.
You can pick up a baguette at your local bakery. Try to go to a French bakery vs your local grocery store. There is a difference in quality. A good baguette should be stale by the end of the day and thrown away. I pick up my baguette from a local spot called La Fournette.
For jam, I typically pick up Bonne Maman which you can find at any grocery store or Amazon.
To elevate your breakfast a bit further, you can add an egg. I love dipping my toast or baguette into a soft-boiled egg. I don’t do it much in the US, but it is one of my favorite breakfasts in Paris. You will need an egg cup like this one. You can gently crack the top of the egg with a spoon or knife and remove the shell for dunking.
For tea, I love Mariage Frères which is available in the US.
You can also add fresh orange juice to your breakfast. This is one of the things I miss most about life in France. You can walk into the grocery and get fresh squeezed orange juice daily that isn’t too expensive.
If you want a healthy French breakfast, try yogurt, fruit, and muesli or granola. You can buy this yogurt at a cheese shop in Paris or at a local grocery store.
A few inspirational photos from France to help Frenchify your Breakfast at home.
If you try this in your own home, please tag me so I can see your breakfast. Coffee and croissants are my thing!
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