These French breakfast ideas go beyond chocolate croissants, pain au chocolat, cafe au lait, buckwheat crepes and other perceived typical french breakfast recipes.
A traditional breakfast that some french people will enjoy includes Oeufs Cocotte (baked eggs), Croque Madame (breakfast sandwiches), choux puffs, savory crêpes, and more!
- 🥚 Oeufs Cocotte & Other Baked Eggs
- 🥪 Croque Madame and Crocue Monsieur
- 🥐 French Breakfast Pastries
- 🍞 Pain Perdu (Classic French Toast)
- 🥞 Breakfast Crepes
- 🥐 Breakfast Brioche Bread
- 🥖 Personal Préféré (Favorites)
- 🧁 French Puffs (Muffins)
- 📝 Frequently asked questions, answers and tips:
- 👩🏻🍳 Sarah Mock
🥚 Oeufs Cocotte & Other Baked Eggs
Eggs En Cocotte sounds so extravagant but in reality “concotte” is just French for something that can be baked in the oven. Therefore eggs en cocotte are simply oven baked eggs! This recipe is super simple with cheese and bacon added in!
My favorite meal of the day is definitely breakfast. And these baked eggs with goat cheese and tomato sauce is my top breakfast food. This recipe is filling, satisfying, creamy, and tangy. All you need is eggs, goat cheese, crushed tomatoes, onions, and a few more spices and herbs.
Eggs en Cocotte with Boursin cheese is the perfect French breakfast recipe for weekends. It’s super cheesy, custardy, and outstanding alongside some buttery toast, bacon, and a cup of fresh fruit. Add any elements you like for example, mushrooms, Gruyère cheese, sun dried tomatoes, shredded french radishes, etc.
This recipe for extra cheesy Oeufs en Cocotte is fast, simple, and efficient with built-in toast. Plus the cream, melted cheese, and sausages create restaurant-quality flavor. Once you taste a bite of these baked eggs it will instantly become your favorite.
If you are baking eggs for a French breakfast recipe then this quiche Lorraine should be at the top of your list. With flaky pie dough for the crust and creamy salty eggs you will be in heaven. With ingredients like milk, cheese, and bacon what’s not to love?
Seafood for breakfast is so underrated like this recipe for French baked eggs with smoked salmon. It’s luxurious yet easy and made with normal everyday ingredients. For example, spinach, smoked salmon, eggs, Cream cheese, Parmesan, and dried or fresh dill.
🥪 Croque Madame and Crocue Monsieur
Croque Monsieur Croissant Bake is savory with ham and cheese. It’s inspired by the classic French croque monsieur sandwich which consists of buttery layers of flaky croissants, sliced ham, melted gruyere cheese, and creamy dijon-béchamel. It’s all then baked together in a custardy egg mixture.
What are croque monsieur and croque madam? Well, these words are French and they translate to "Mister and Missus Crunch". According to French legend some construction workers left ham and cheese lunches on a radiator resulting in melted cheese and toasty bread!
This outstanding mini Croque monsieur recipe is lovely for a French breakfast or brunch. The ham, crispy gruyere cheese, and buttery baguette slices are smothered in heavenly béchamel sauce. They are elegant and not even hard to make!
Croque-Monsieur Bake is outstanding for feeding a crowd with a proper breakfast or brunch. This dish takes 10 minutes to prep, 25 minutes to cook, and needs to rest for 3 hours. It’s best to make the night before so it can rest overnight and be fresh and ready first thing in the morning.
If you love a crispy, crunchy, salty, cheesy, fried egg style sandwich you have to try Croque Madame with brioche bread. It’s perfect for a romantic weekend meal for two or even a delightful breakfast for the whole family.
For this breakfast idea you’ll need to grab some French bread, thin slices of ham, shredded Swiss cheese, and some Dijon mustard. If you’re making the Bechamel sauce from scratch you’ll need a few more ingredients as well but it’s not hard and well worth it.
🥐 French Breakfast Pastries
Are you a fan of dessert style breakfast foods? I have to admit I love a good morning pastry from time to time. This recipe for choux pastry is filled with a delicious orange-zested Chantilly cream and ganache. Plus they’re in the shape of cute little swans which are not hard to assemble either.
Cream puffs with chocolate and choux pastry dough. The dough itself is super simple using ingredients, water, butter, flour, sugar, and eggs. When baked it puffs up creating the best little pocket to fill with various fillings like pastry cream.
This pâte à choux pastry is delicate and made with a dash of orange zest for optimal flavor. They’re then filled with Cannoli cream to really bring them over the top. These are a scrumptious French pastry breakfast recipe to serve for a brunch party or lazy Sunday morning.
Looking for a luscious morning pastry? These Bailey’s cream puffs are lovely for special occasions like Christmas brunch. Made with fresh choux pastry, stuffed with Baileys whipped cream, and finished off with Baileys chocolate sauce.
🍞 Pain Perdu (Classic French Toast)
Looking for a vegan breakfast that’s scrumptious and easy to make? For this dish you just grab some of the standard ingredients like bread but substitute plant based milk and butter. Use chia eggs instead of real ones for additional plant based protein.
Having a slow and cozy weekend morning? Try cinnamon sugar French toast! It’s still indulgent and sugary but so easy to whip up. All you need is cinnamon, sugar, eggs, half and half, oil, and 1 loaf brioche, cut into 1-inch thick slices.
A simple overnight twist on traditional French toast that’s oozing with vanilla and brown sugar. It’s precisely what you want to wake up to or serve for a brunch party. The edges are crunchy with a soft gooey center. Top with blueberry syrup or strawberry topping to amp up the flavor.
You will adore the sweet strawberries and cream filling in this French breakfast recipe. Start with 2 thick slices of bread, chopped strawberries, cream cheese, and sugar. You will also need a pinch of salt, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and oil or butter for cooking.
Need a quick and easy sourdough French toast dish? This one’s ready in 20 minutes flat. The piece of bread is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. It’s a lovely food for breakfast, brunch, snack, and even dessert.
You can’t go wrong with the combination of chocolate and strawberries! Plus this recipe is healthier because it uses cottage cheese rather than cream cheese. 5 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to cook, resulting in 3 servings with 435 calories.
Make your healthy French toast - casserole style! This dish is a simple dump-and-bake recipe using sprouted whole grain bread, cinnamon, maple syrup, almond milk, and fresh berries on top. Throw it over the top by topping with powdered sugar and berries.
You will want to use some sturdy, hearty, and buttery Brioche bread for your simple pain perdu. Pro tip, drizzle some maple syrup into the soaking mixture for maximum flavor. Then just soak each slice before frying it up in your skillet for a few minutes per side!
🥞 Breakfast Crepes
Are they pancakes? No they’re crepes! These thin dainty treats are a French breakfast favorite. That’s because they are so simple yet versatile. They can be sweet or savory, plain or stuffed, the options are endless.
These easy crepes are delicate, light, and simpler than you can imagine with batter that’s ready in 1 minute! All you need is half and half, eggs, water, flour, butter, and salt. Pro tip: you can substitute your favorite gluten-free ingredients if needed.
Keto crepes? No problem! A delicious low-carb French breakfast idea with zero guilt. The topping ideas are endless, everything from nuts, chocolate, raspberries, whipped cream, etc. They take 2 minutes to prep, 8 minutes to cook, resulting in 4 servings with 214 calories each.
Use almond flour and cream cheese to make the best low-carb crepes with just 1 gram of net carbs. All you need is softened cream cheese, eggs, keto sweetener, vanilla extract, salt, almond milk, and butter for frying. Drizzle with almond shards and sugar free chocolate.
Delight the family or your partner with strawberry mascarpone cream filled crepes. This French breakfast recipe will put a smile on everyone’s face. Plus they only need 10 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to cook, and produce 10 -12 crepes luscious portions.
Chocolate pudding crepes? I must be in heaven. This recipe is layered almost like a cake with homemade chocolate pudding and white chocolate crumbs. If you’re looking for a decadent breakfast or brunch look no further. Pro tip: make the filling in the morning and the crepes at night then let them all sit overnight.
Since we’re making crepes we have to try some savory ones too. Crêpes Parmentier are Brittany-style buckwheat galettes that are naturally gluten free. tender cubed potato, gooey cheese, and a fried egg are wrapped in a crispy buckwheat crêpe and filled with melted Emmenthal cheese.
nspired by Julia Child's simple recipe for an easy French breakfast, these paper thin crêpes are scrumptious. Ingredients needed include flour, milk, water, salt, and butter. Tasty add-ins include diced fresh herbs or sweet liqueur, sugar, and cocoa powder.
🥐 Breakfast Brioche Bread
Brioche is made with enriched flour, resulting in a lightly sweet and rich French bread with a super soft texture. This recipe is made with delicious chocolate chips and heavy cream. It does take 40 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook but it’s well worth it.
Simple Brioche bread can be served up toasted or plain with anything from butter and jam to eggs and avocado! Made with lukewarm whole milk, sugar, fresh yeast, room temp egg yolks, bread flour with high protein content. Also you will need salt and room temperature butter.
Do you want to try Brioche bread for a tasty French breakfast but don’t want to use eggs or dairy? No problem because this dish is vegan. Just substitute ingredients like vegan butter, plant milk, and increase the fat content and you’re good to go!
🥖 Personal Préféré (Favorites)
If you love eggs then this recipe for poached Eggs Provençal is calling your name. It has fresh flavors like tomatoes, parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Plus it just could not be easier to put together for one or the whole family.
Coconut French toast biscuits have thick rich bread, coconut crust, fruit topping, and honey drizzle. The ingredients create a custard sauce that is absorbed by the bread resulting in a luscious texture and flavor. Pro tip: use baguettes for your bread.
Is it French toast? Is it pudding? It’s both! With ingredients like chia seeds, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, ginger snap cookies, coconut milk, hemp seeds, and more it’s extra nutritious and delicious.
I love a good pumpkin dish that’s why I had to share this creative French toast recipe. With pumpkin purée added right into the soaking mixture your brioche bread slices will be restaurant quality good. Then just sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and confectioners sugar.
Yum hazelnut is so good, especially in this recipe with whole grain French Toast filled with fruit. Ingredients include slices of whole grain French bread, hazelnut cream, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, fresh strawberries, and hazelnut spread.
I love satisfying crepes with Lemon Curd. If you can make a pancake and a custard then you can most certainly make this dish. For best results, chill the batter for one-hour minimum so it can rest and hydrate the flour.
🧁 French Puffs (Muffins)
French Breakfast Muffins, aka Puffs, really pack a punch. They’re tender with vanilla and soaked in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Essentially a snickerdoodle muffin! The best part is that after they’re cooled down the kids can help roll them in the spices!
Vanilla French toast puffs (muffins) are soft and easy to make with healthier ingredients. Using whole grain, eggs and low fat milk and baked instead of fried you can avoid excess calories. For best results add some honey or maple syrup and serve with fresh fruits.
Lemon and brown sugar puffs (muffins) have lovely contrasting flavors. You can expect soft, cozy, comforting taste and texture hot and fresh out of the oven. This recipe takes 5 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to cook, and makes 12 servings.
This mini vegan blueberry muffin recipe is a scrumptious French breakfast that is whipped up in minutes. You can use a mini muffin pan to make 24 or use a regular size pan to make 12. It’s quick and easy using pancake mix instead of flour.
📝 Frequently asked questions, answers and tips:
In France a typical breakfast is more often than not, something sweet. They tend to lean more towards buttery breads with jelly, pastries, and croissants. Served up with some coffee, milk, and even orange juice.
Wow, these breakfast food ideas are making me want to move to Paris! I always knew I loved French toast and I can’t wait to dig into some of these other ideas like the pastries and Brioche bread.
👩🏻🍳 Sarah Mock
Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 13 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.