Thursday, December 29, 2005

Domestic Goddess Onion Soup

I can't believe I haven't had time to blog about this! It was a wonderful, wonderful soup, and I truly felt like a domestic goddess when I served it up. Contrary to what you might believe, the recipe is not at all from Nigella's book with the same name, but from another D G - Julia Child's classic "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" that was given to me by a friend who was moving and didn't want to lug the heavy book with him. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)

It takes time - but it's time very well spent, no doubts about it. Do give it a try. Please. I urge you. I changed some things from the original - for one, the cream wasn't in there, but I like the round feel of it. (Besides, I had omitted quite a bit of the oil and butter, so I felt fine with adding some liquid fat instead.) Feel free to play around with seasoning, or serving - maybe with some toasted bread, croutons, a little floater with cheese.. anything. I liked mine as plain as possible, with some crusty bread on the side.

Classic Onion Soup
adapted from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Childs
2 generous servings, or 4 as a small starter

3 large yellow onions, very thinly sliced
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 litre (4 cups) boiling water + 2 bouillon cubes, or 1 litre stock.
150 ml white wine
50 ml cognac
100 ml single cream

Melt the butter and olive oil in a large pot. Add the onion, cover with a lid, and let it sweat for fifteen minutes on low heat. Remove the lid, and raise the heat to medium. Add the salt and a pinch of sugar, stir well. Let the onions caramelize for 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes. It must absolutely not burn.

Sprinkle in the flour, and stir well for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine, water and bouillon cubes (or ready made stock). Put the lid halfway on, and bring to a boil. Let simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Stir every now and then. Just before serving, correct seasonuing, and add cream and cognac.


Pille said...

Hi Anne, this looks lovely! And it doesn't take so much time after all - J @ Kuidaore recently wrote that Thomas Keller requires you sweat your onions for 5 hours!!!

Anne said...

Haha - that's just ridiculous. 30 minutes is plenty, in my opinion.. I can't imagine that much more happening with them :)

joey said...

That looks lovely Anne! I haven't really ventured much into soups but this indeed looks like something that a domestic goddess would turn out...all warm and hearty from her kitchen :)

Kevin said...


Julia's recipe is my favorite. And it's so satisfying on a rainy day.

Nic said...

Nothing beats onion soup. Yum!

Irem said...

Last night, I saw this recipe, and I said; "I must cook this soup tomorrow, ZzzZzzZZ...!" :p

In this morning, I wake up and I said mom; "mom I'm gonna cook an onion soup today!" mom looked at me like "eeww!"

Consequently, I tried, photographed and posted on my blog and it was delicious!!! and mom and dad loved it. Thank you for this lovely soup!

ps: I love you cats, they are sooooo cute!

Anne said...

Irém - good job!! While I can't read it, the photo looks great! :)