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How To Cook Onion and Cider Soup?

Onion and cider soup

This tasty version of French onion soup has a delicious crunchy topping in place of the traditional toasted slice of French bread with Gruyere cheese. Alternatively, serve with croutons.

 

Ingredients

  • 5ml (1 tbsp) sunflower oil
     

  • 350g (12 oz) onions, thinly sliced
     

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
     

  • 300ml ( 1/2pint) boiling vegetable stock
     

  • 300ml (4 pint) medium dry cider
     

  • 5ml (1 tsp) chopped fresh sage
     

  • 5ml (1 tsp) mustard powder
     

  • 15-30m1 (1-2 tbsp) shoyu
     

  • 15ml ( 1 tbsp) miso, dissolved in a little water

For the topping

  • 15ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
     

  • 40g (11/2 oz) whole meal breadcrumbs
     

  • 25g (1 oz) chopped nuts
     

  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) mustard powder


Method

  1. Put the oil in a medium dish and cook for 1 minute, 600W (30 seconds, 700W; 1 minute, 500W). Stir in the onions and cook for 2 minutes, 600W (11/2 minutes, 700W; 21/2 minutes, 500W).
     

  2. Add the garlic, cover and cook for 2 minutes, 600W (11/2 minutes, 700W; 21/2 minutes, 500W).
     

  3. Add the stock, cider, seasonings and shoyu and cook for 5 minutes, 600W (4 minutes, 700W; 6 minutes, 500W), then cook for 10 minutes, 600W (8 minutes, 700W; cook for 15 minutes, 500W), stirring once or twice.
     

  4. Add the miso to the soup and cook for 1 minute, 600W (30 seconds, 700W; cook for 11/2 minutes, 500W).
     

  5. For the topping, put the oil in a medium dish and cook for 1 minute, 600W (30 seconds, 700W; 1 minute, 500W). Stir in the bread-crumbs, nuts and mustard powder until well coated with hot oil. Cook for 2 minutes, 600W (11/2 minutes, 700W; 2 minutes, 500W). Sprinkle over the soup, either in the serving dish or in individual bowls. Reheat for 1-2 minutes before serving if necessary.

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