French Breakfast Menu

Few things are as relaxing and romantic as a lazy morning, complete with breakfast in bed, steaming coffee, and the newspaper. Most French breakfasts are light according to American standards, consisting of coffee, sometimes hot chocolate, and a roll or toast. Here, I’ve padded the menu a bit to create a luxurious feast of easy recipes that will start any day on a good note.
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    Bowl of fruit salad
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    Perfect for breakfast, use this to garnish crepes or waffles. Use any leftovers to accompany a baguette, assorted cheese, and a bottle of spicy-sweet sparkling dessert wine for a lovely lunch.
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    Close-Up Of Crepes With Ice Cream
    Crepes With Caramel and Ice Cream. Aggie Foo/EyeEm/Getty Images
    Crepes with salted butter caramel is a classic Breton dessert. Salted caramel has a tangy, rich taste that has garnered a cult following. The best thing is that it’s so easy to make. Add vanilla Chantilly cream and sautéed apples to your finished crepes for a truly impressive breakfast.
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    French Hot Chocolate
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    In 1643, Princess Maria Theresa of Spain brought a gift of chocolate to France, a royal chocolate maker was employed and chocolate has been a rage ever since. Can you even imagine France without chocolate now? This breakfast treat is irresistible.

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    Belgian Waffle With Strawberries
    Belgian Waffle With Strawberries. Juanmonino/Getty Images
    True Belgian waffles use yeast to get their signature airy interiors. Try this authentic version with whipped cream and strawberries or a simple dusting of powdered sugar.
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    Eggs with Black Truffles. Georgina Mary
    This eggs with black truffles recipe, or brouillade de truffes, is a special egg dish that is served throughout France during the height of truffle season. It’s at once luxurious and rustic, though I personally lean more toward serving it as a rich, special occasion recipe because of the truffles and butter.