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Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette #veganMoFo

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Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cold and rainy today, lots of leaves falling from the trees, looks like Fall has really arrived. Perfect soup day. What could be better than to curl up on the sofa with a nice cozy blanket, a good book and a big bowl of rich, bubbley, cheezy French Onion Soup. Mmmmmm 🙂

Growing up in Australia, the only onion soup I ever came across was a dry packet mix. While it was tasty it certainly was not  drool worthy. When we moved to Canada, it was quite a few years before I tried the rich, cheesy, gooey concoction known here as French Onion Soup. It was love at first bite. I was also lucky enough to travel to Paris a few years ago and had to have a bowl there. It was even more delicious. Unfortunately one of the main ingredients to this lovely soup is cheese, so it was off limits……well, not any more. Thanks to the Cheez recipe I have used already in a few of the previous posts, the iconic French Onion Soup is here in all of its glory.

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

The trick to this soup, is in the slow caramelizing of the onions. This is worth the trouble and the wait. By taking a slow approach to cooking the onions, the flavour really intensifies.

Now, you will notice in the photo’s, there is no “French Baguette” pictured. I made the baguette out of the same bread recipe as I used for the Rosemary Bread that paired up with the Chikn Noodle Soup, just omitting the rosemary. The baguette is cut into thick slices, lightly toasted, then placed in the bottom of the bowls before ladling the soup on top.

Enjoy,

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Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup

Makes 6 serves

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
    4 onions, sliced
    4 garlic cloves, chopped
    2 bay leaves
    2 fresh thyme sprigs
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup red wine, or vegetable stock
    3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
    4 cups vegetable broth
    1 french baguette, sliced (recipe below)
    1 recipe Cheez (see below)

Melt vegan butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Do not skimp on the amount of time you cook the onions. To truly develop the rich onion flavour, cook for at least the full 25 mins. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn’t burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the vegetable  broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Cut the baguette into thick slices and gently toast. Place in the bottom of soup bows.

Ladle the soup in bowls and gently spread half  cup cheez on top of each bowl.

Place bowls on oven tray and gently broil tops.

 

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

French Baguette

Makes 2 Baguettes

Ingredients

  • 1  1/4 -ounce packet active dry yeast
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    1 teaspoon fine salt

Directions:

Stir the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer). Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, the flour,  the fine salt and 3/4 cup warm water; stir with a wooden spoon (or with the dough hook if using a mixer) until a dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, dusting lightly with flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. (Or knead with the dough hook on medium-high speed, adding a little flour if the dough sticks to the bowl, about 8 minutes.)

Brush a large bowl with olive oil. Add the dough, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until more than doubled, about 2 hours.

Brush 2 baking sheets with olive oil. Generously flour a work surface; turn the dough out onto the flour and divide into 2 pieces. Working with one piece at a time, sprinkle some flour on the dough, gently shape into a baguette. Let stand, uncovered, until more than doubled, about 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the loaves 20 minutes or until golden brown, Transfer to a rack to cool.

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheez

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain unsweetened soymilk
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    4 Tblspns tapioca flour
    3 Tblspns nutritional yeast
    3 Tblspns mellow white miso paste
    3 tsp fresh lemon juice
    1  1/2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
    1  1/2 tsp tomato paste
    3/4  tsp onion powder
    1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
    1/2 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum

 

Add the ingredients to a mini or standard blender and process the contents until smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring slowly and continually.
Increase stirring speed as the mixture thickens and begins to  form lumps. Stir vigorously until the mixture becomes very thick, smooth and glossy. Remove from heat.

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 405 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 551 Calories from Fat 262
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.1g 45%
Saturated Fat 6.8g 34%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1055mg 44%
Potassium 428mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 52.3g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 14%
Sugars5.9g
Protein 11.2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 4% Iron 19%
Nutrition Grade C
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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  • Contains alcohol
Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette

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4 thoughts on “Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette #veganMoFo

  1. I am fascinated by your recipe for Cheez. French onion soup is one of my favourites and your recipe promises one tasty version. 🙂

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  2. Woah, this looks so good! YUM! 😀

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