Apple French Onion Soup

Apple French Onion Soup

French onion soup has to be one of my favourite soups but I do not make it nearly often enough. I recently came across the idea of an apple french onion soup that sounded really good and gave me the perfect excuse to make french onion soup again! The star of a good french onion soup is of course the onions which are slowly caramelized until they are golden brown and amazingly sweet. I normally build up the broth of the french onion soup using beef broth and red wine and for this version I added some apple cider and grated apples. Perhaps the best part of the french onion soup is that it is topped with toast and cheese and thrown under the broiler until the cheese is all bubbling and golden brown. The combination of the sweet caramelized onions and the savoury melted cheese is absolutely divine and the apple flavours of this version adds a perfect hint of fall to the soup.

Apple French Onion Soup

Apple French Onion Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes Total Time: 3 hours Servings: 4

A fall take on French onion soup with apples and apple cider.

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 pounds onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 apple, peeled and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 splash brandy (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 1/2 inch thick slices of day old bread, toasted (gluten free or omit for gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 cup gruyere or fontina, grated
  1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and water and cook, covered, until completely tender and caramelized and golden, about 2 hours, adding more water as needed.
  3. Add the apple and thyme and cook for a minute.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, for another minute.
  5. Add the wine and deglaze the pan.
  6. Add the broth, cider and bay leaves, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Season the soup with salt and pepper and add a splash of brandy.
  8. Divide the soup between 4 oven safe bowls, top with the toast followed by the cheese and broil until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.


Girlie Blogger said...

Looks sweet and savory. I bet it was absolutely delicious.

Amy said...

I love French onion soup, too, and also do not make it as often as I should. The addition of apple sounds very interesting - maybe I'll try that next time!

warmvanillasugar said...

This sounds positively delicious!

Dining Alone said...

this looks great, I haven't had french onion soup in forever.

Jaime said...

wow what a great idea. I love french onion soup and would love to try this one :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Just what the doctor ordered! Scrumptious.



Vera Ferraz said...

Lovely picture! Looks absolutely delicious!
Loved your blog!

Zee said...


Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I love this idea!

manu said...

Looks beautiful!Apple and onion sounds yummy!
Have a great day

London Accountant said...

Those flavours sound incredible. The last time I tried Drench onion soup was in a French restaurant and ever since trying it I haven't made it at home for fear it wouldn't match up in any way and spoil the memory for me! But I'll try it now.

Joanne said...

The sweet apples with all that salty cheese must taste so good together!

Cookin' Cowgirl said...

How interesting!! :) Thanks for sharing!

Kranbox said...

I was planning on making French onion Soup tonight and I was searching for a good recipe, when yours poped in my inbox! Thank you, can't wait to make it!

Pam said...

French onion is my very favorite soup... this version looks lovely Kevin!

~Bee said...

I keep meaning to make French Onion Soup as an example of Re-Trying My Least Favorite Foods for my blog. I am an avid Onion Avoider, but I've had a French Onion soup or two that wasn't half bad. The apples in this make the concept of a Soup o' Onions a lot more appealing!

Treadmill Traci said...

Oh this sounds yummy! I love french union soup, and the addition of apples sounds magnificent. I can't wait to give this recipe a try :)

Peabody said...

Love the addition of the apple to the french onion soup. Certainly want to give it a try.

Dean said...

I have been making onion soup ever since I discovered the recipe in Julia Child's cook book eons ago. Granted it is delicious and the apples sound and a good winter meal. The apples contribution will be given a go the next time.

Cara said...

The apples sound like a great addition - I love a little extra sweetness!

Monsieur Seb said...

Was just checking this recipe out and I thought that instead of brandy you could use calvados, an apple based eau de vie...

karellen said...

Tried it and while cooking I was extremely sceptic. But the result was very delicious.

Megan said...

I made this last night. Best french onion soup I've ever had. the apple idea is genius. thanks!

Accountancy Services Harrow said...

I just made it. Tastes lovely.

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