Friday, November 29, 2013
Onion Soup and Fresh Bread on a Very Cold Night
Ah, soup and fresh bread. That's one of our favorite dinners when just the two of us are home on a cold winter's evening.
I made onion soup a couple of nights ago and just put it together as I went along. Above is about two cups of chopped onion, both red and yellow, in one stick of butter. I let it get very brown, added a tablespoon of brown sugar to help it brown even more and kept stirring to keep it from burning. As soon as it got pretty brown and there was a layer of brown in the pan, I added a cup of wine to de-glaze the pan. Any wine will do, but I used a light sweet wine. It had been a part of a bottle left over when we had opened it for guests. I had sealed what was left in a plastic container and refrigerated it until needed for cooking. I was drinking a half glass of the dry white wine that I wouldn't want to have to use for cooking. ;)
After all of that browning and de-glazing I placed it all in a large pot and added two large cans of chicken broth.
I added the fresh onions to the large pot, added a very little sea salt, and my secret ingredient, one table spoon of orange marmalade. OK, it's not a secret anymore.
I had another sip of the dry white wine while I brought the mixture to a boil.
I baked it in the oven at 350 F for ten minutes...
That is a cheese bread closest to the Cheesy Whole Wheat Bread recipe I published earlier. I didn't happen to have whole wheat flour so used all bread flour. I generally just go to the kitchen and make bread from what I have available. I need a trip to the grocery to stock up on ingredients.
I had a sip of dry white wine while adding a few items to the grocery list.
If you're interested in bread recipes, I have quite a few of them that I have published during the last few years. Click here.
I digress once again...
I had no idea what I would make for dinner that morning when I got up. This sure beat a trip to the store to get more ingredients when it was only 10 degrees F outside!
All the best,