Onion Soup with Apple Cider


3 lbs large onions

1 stick butter

2 tsps sugar

3 cups strong beef broth preferably home made

2 1/2 cups fresh unfiltered apple cider (do not use apple juice)

1 tsp dried thyme leaves

1 tsp garlic powder

1 bay leaf


Cut the onions in half through the stem end. Cut lengthwise into thin slices
Melt butter in heavy soup pot. Add onions & cook over high heat, stirring until softened and very dark brown. Add broth, cider & seasonings. Cook & scrape the bottom of the pot. Bring to a slow boil, cover & cook about 30 minutes.
Add salt & pepper to taste.

Serve topped with a thick slice of crusty bread covered with melted Gruyere cheese.