One of the things I loved when visiting Paris was the quintessential Parisian breakfast. Just like all things in France it was simple, minimal and oh so very satisfying. There was no big stacks of pancakes or salty eggs, there was instead the tartine and coffee. The tartine, in its simplest form, is the national breakfast of France and is most often eaten in Paris. The morning tartine is nothing more than some type of bread slathered with butter and jam (or preserves). To have a piece of freshly baked baguette smeared with a French butter and French jam may be one of the most simplest and delicious breakfasts that I have ever had and one that I wanted to occasionally recreate at home.
Spring and Summer is certainly my favorite time to have a French inspired breakfast al fresco on the back porch. The temperature in the morning is the perfect time to enjoy a tartine and coffee outside with some sunshine and music. To recreate the perfect Tartine experience I start with getting a French butter from Publix grocery store called Président butter. Then I get the famous Bonne Maman blueberry preserves from Harris Teeter which can also be purchased at Whole Foods as well. I also get my croissants from Harris Teeter as they bake them fresh everyday. And lastly I get a take-and-bake baguette from Aldi’s. I cut off a piece of the baguette and bake it at 400 degrees in the air fryer for about 5-7 minutes and it comes out perfectly brown and crispy and the taste is so good that it somehow truly rivals France’s baguettes. I did not expect that from an Aldi’s baguette, but alas I am pleasantly surprised.
Then comes the best part…smearing butter onto a hot baguette. There is something simply satisfying watching that butter melt into the bread. Then I top it off with some of the blueberry preserves and that gives me the perfect tartine to enjoy. Such a delectable treat with that crispy outside of the baguette to give way to a softer interior that has taken on a little saltiness and creaminess of the butter and a little sweetness and tartness of the preserves. There are so many textures and flavors going on at once that creates the best kind sensations while eating.
Then to enjoy a coffee with your tartine just makes the experience much better. The taste of the coffee with the tartine makes for a perfect flavor combination, especially for the morning. It is a breakfast treat that satisfies in the most pleasant way.
As I talked about in my last blog post, the details of life matters to live well everyday. That is why when I enjoy a tartine breakfast, I like to do so with beautiful antique dishes, a basket for the prepared breads and croissants, with my Paris Cafe music playing and a vase of fresh flowers. It turns this ordinary experience of breakfast into a beautiful one that is pleasing for all of the senses. It is a simple and very attainable way to create joie de vivre (joy of living) into your life.