Beery French Onion Soup with French Toast Croutons

11 Oct

So the other day Jess made a French onion soup with some dark ale. It happened to coincide with the “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist” being on French TV and a consequent surge in hits from France. Happy coincidence!

We usually serve this beery French onion soup with savoury French Toast to replace the crouton + greyere cheese topping. We had ran out of soy milk this time round its not in the photos – but it is delicious. The savoury French toast is basically a vegan version of eggy bread. We also didnt manage to get a naked picture to go alongside this one, so here is a picture of Zachariah juggling lemons:

Ingredients for French Onion Soup (Serves 6): 6-8 onions (sliced into rings / half-rings), 5 cloves garlic (minced), 2 tsp salt, about 3 tbsp of vegan marg, a bottle of dark ale, up to 7 cups of veg stock, 2 tbsp yeast extract (add in it gradual amounts to taste), 3 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp of sugar (optional), 3 tbsp of flour, bay leaf

The key to cooking a good french onion soup is to cook the onion for ages until they caramelise. Typically this involves cooking the onions in a load of butter for about 30 mins (or even longer). If you want to cheat, add a teaspoon of sugar to get the onions caramilising quicker. But basically, the longer you cook the soup, the better.

After at least 20 minutes of this treatment, add the garlic and flour. Then add the ale, bay leaf, yeast extract, salt, thyme and half of the stock. Reduce the heat and cover for 30-45 minutes, then add the remaining stock. Add any more yeast extract, thyme and salt if it needs it. Bring to the boil and serve topped with the savoury French toast (below)

Also, sorry for the shit photo: we lost the proper camera.

Ingredients for the Savoury French Toast: 1 1/2 cups soy milk, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp marjoram, 1/2 tsp salt, black pepper to taste, 2 tbsp corn starch, 1 cup gram flour, 8 slices of baguette (either stale or toasted), oil to fry

Combine the paprika, marjoram, salt, pepper, corn starch and gram flour in a bowl. Slowly add the soy milk, whisking as you go. Dip the slices of bread into the batter and let it sit in the batter for a while. Heat some oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook each slice on each side for about 3 minutes until browned. Meanwhile, soak the other slices and repeat. Keep them warm in the oven if you need them all to come out at the same time.

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6 Responses to “Beery French Onion Soup with French Toast Croutons”

  1. Kit October 11, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    A note for folks who aren’t vegan, but cooking for friends – due to the processes involved in making beer, not all beers are drunk by all vegans. Beers don’t often mention their “finings”, which is used to produce a non-cloudy drink. Avoid isenglass.

    • Ian Brooker October 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      I but soooo agree ! So many product say they are vegan / vegetarian friendly but…..please read the labels / ingredients and keep savvy my friends.

  2. Liz Marsden October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I’m not vegan, but I am egg-allergic, so this version of ‘eggy bread’ sounds fantastic! Thank you!

  3. homeclothesfree October 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on home clothes free.

  4. Michael October 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Greetings fellow citizens of Earth!

    I’m sure we all agree, whenever short of photos, Zachariah is ALWAYS an acceptable substitution.

    In fact, I must start a petition to see him juggling other items…..

    …Vegan Yoghurt Pots… add an element of danger!

    Do it.

    Do it, and I may share with you my personal favourite recipe……(but I may share this with you one day anyway…..)


  5. Nicole October 26, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    This comment doesn’t really have anything to do with the recipe even though it does look delicious, I just wanted to say, I think what you three do is amazing! I seen you’s on the channel 4 documentary and the fact that you are promoting a positive attitude towards your body and other peoples bodies is absolutely amazing and exactly what people need! I myself have body issues and always have but it makes me feel better knowing that there are people out there that actually care about how people see themselves and I for one think you’s are absolutely amazing and you should continue to do what you are doing and from now on I will always follow this blog and the journey. Thank you.

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