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White onion soup with cider and gruyere.

White onion soup with cider and gruyere.

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White onion soup with cider and gruyere

Serves 4


120g unsalted butter

600g large onions, sliced

6 thyme sprigs

1tbsp sugar

1tsp sea salt

400ml white chicken stock

450ml sweet cider

200ml creme fraiche

1 baguette, sliced

1 garlic clove

100g Gruyere cheese, grated


Place a pan over a medium heat and add the butter.When this has melted, add the onions to the pan, together with the thyme, sugar and salt.

Cook over a medium heat, stirring now and again, until the onions are lightly caramelised and golden - about 12 minutes.

Add the stock and cider, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the creme fraiche.

Remove the thyme sprigs, pour the soup into a blender and blend until you have a smooth puree.

Toast the slices of baguette until golden on both sides, then rub with a cut clove of garlic.

Top with the grated cheese and grill until the cheese is melted and golden. Place a few slices in each bowl of soup to serve.