Sophie's Festive Onion, Apple & Apple Cider Soup


800 grams white, peeled & sliced onions (weighed when peeled & sliced )
2 mediums leeks, well washed, cleaned & finely sliced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into small chunks
2 mediums potatoes, peeled and finely cut up
150 mls cider brut
3 dried bay leaves
4 long sprigs of fresh thyme, washed and patted dry on kitchen paper
75 grams baking margarine
To serve:
10 long fresh chives sprigs, washed, cleaned & pad dry on kitchen paper


Take a large & wide cooking pot & heat up on a medium high heat. Add baking margarine or more.
When the butter has melted & sizzles, add the sliced onions, leeks & apples. Fry for about 15 minutes , with the lid on, stirring frequently until they all have softened.
Add the potatoes & the cider. Stir frequently. Bring to the boil & cook for 2 to 5 minutes until the volume from the cider has reduced a bit.
Add the vegetable stock, bay leaves & thyme sprigs. Reduce the heat to simmer point & place the lid on the pot. Simmer the soup for another 25 to 30 minutes or until all of the vegetables are cooked through.
Remove the 3 bay leaves & lift out the 4 thyme sprigs.
Liquidise the soup until you have it to your liking. I puréed mine all the way.
Just before serving: laddle your soup into festive soup bowls. Take about a handful of the grated Gruyère cheese & lay it in the middle of the soup. With the help of scissors, snip the chives into little pieces & scatter around the grated cheese.




Tom | Tall Clover Farm's picture

Nice recipe,thanks. Though I would add three things: croutons, croutons, croutons!


I so much love this easy yet so tasty festive soup. It is sort of an onion soup but apples, apple cider, bay leaves, thyme & vegetable stock are added. Just before serving, a handful of grated Gruyère is added in the middle & chopped chives are scattered around the cheese!


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Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 3:02pm


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