Would you like to know what the French eat for their first meal of the day ? What is the origin of this one ? And how to prepare a typical French breakfast ?
Breakfast is the first meal of the day, the first one after our night's sleep, the one that breaks our fast since supper. It is taken in the morning, when we get up.
By arriving at this article you will discover :
What is the origin of the French breakfast
When to eat breakfast
How to eat a balanced breakfast
From tomorrow morning you can prepare a French breakfast worthy of the name.
Let's get right to the preparation !
The origin and evolution of the French breakfast : everything you need to know
Before knowing what the French breakfast is in 2021, it is important to discover the context of it. 🥐
That's why we will discover together its history and its evolution over time.
The evolution of breakfast in France
The breakfast already existed during the Antiquity. During the Gallo-Roman period we had the Roman customs, our breakfast was like this : bread rubbed with garlic or onion accompanied by a glass of wine cut with water (original indeed).
In the Middle Ages, the first meal of the day was such : a wine soup with bread dipped in it as a snack.
During the Renaissance, people ate large slices of bread called "toasted" that were toasted and then covered with salted butter that was soaked in warm milk.
During the French Revolution, people began to wonder about the effect of a hearty breakfast on health. This one is composed as follows : coffee or tea.
In the XIXᵉ century and especially in the countryside, people eat French toast with milk.
We will discover what is the current breakfast through this article.
What is the origin of the French breakfast ?
The breakfast exists since the antiquity, it is the first meal of the day. It has a physiological necessity which is to break the fast after our night of sleep.
By breaking this fast, we have breakfast, and we hydrate ourselves to give energy to our body.
However, the typical French breakfast with its coffee and toast is only very recent. ☕️
What is the typical French breakfast ?
Like our culture, the French breakfast is world-famous but what is it made of, here it is :
A hot drink : coffee, tea or hot chocolate
A squeezed fruit juice: orange or grapefruit
Good bread : baguette or toast, both with butter and jam
Viennese pastries : croissant, pain au chocolat/ chocolatine, brioche or raisin bread.
The French breakfast recipe
To enjoy a delicious French breakfast follow this recipe :
Choose your hot drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate)
Choose your juice (orange or grapefruit)
Choose your pastry (croissant, chocolate/chocolate bread, brioche or reason bread)
10 g of salted or sweet butter
2 teaspoons of honey or jam
Why is breakfast important ?
As I explained it previously the interest of this one and that since the night of the times and to break the fast.
But moreover, breakfast is the most important meal because if it is well composed, it will provide your body with a quarter of the nutritional and energy needs required for the day.
Feeding yourself after a long night's sleep is essential, by not feeding yourself you are not feeding your brain and your muscles. You are running on the reserves of the day before in a way.
Where to eat a good breakfast in Paris ?
I'm not going to beat around the bush to give you one of the best addresses in Paris to enjoy your breakfast, head to Éric Kayser's bakery transformed into a tearoom in the Stock Exchange district.
You will be delighted by a typical French breakfast for a total amount of 8 euros.
The French breakfast in 2021
Here we go! After having established the basics of breakfast by tracing its history, you are ready to discover the French breakfast in 2021.
Let's go directly to the second part of this article by discovering the trends of this one, its preparation and its variants.
The different trends of breakfast in France
Today, the French tend to forget the origins of breakfast by turning it into a snack rather than a meal.