French Onion Soup

John Hooton

Croydon, United Kingdom

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French Onion Soup (best viewed large to smell the aroma)

It’s a bit wintery here in Britain at the moment with snow over most of the country.
“What about some nice home made soup?” suggested my wife looking at me with anticipated glee.
“French onion or tomato?” I asked.
“Oooh French Onion please.” she said.

It doesn’t take very long to make this soup, not nearly as long as it took me to photograph it, much to my wife’s dismay. However, here it is for all to share with the simple recipe too.

Photographed in my living room.

French Onion Soup

4 or 5 good sized Onions
25g/1 oz Butter
1 ltr/1 1/2pts Beef Stock
50g/2 oz Cheddar Cheese grated
Toast or Croutons
Salt and Black Pepper to season

The secret to making this soup really tasty is to sauté the onions on a fairly high heat so that they go golden brown and caramelise.

Peel and slice the onions whole so they are in rings then add them to a large pan with the butter. Turn the heat up to almost full, give them a good stir to coat with the melted butter and put a lid on the pan. Give them a stir now and then and you will find that they stick to the pan and burn slightly which is just what we want to get them nicely caramelised.

After about 15-20 minutes when they are nicely browned, add the beef stock, salt and black pepper and simmer gently for another 20 minutes.

Pour the soup into a bowl and float some croutons on the top. Spoon a few onions on to the toast and then sprinkle the cheese on top. Place under the grill until the cheese has melted.

Serve with some more toast, grated cheese and a smile.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D5000
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
Focal Length: 95mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/200 sec at f/13
Lighting: Bowens flash with soft box
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3

© 2010 John Hooton Photography

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