This is an awesome autumn twist on the traditional French Onion soup. Apple cider and brandy make it a cozy dish for those chilly fall afternoons.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set a slow cooker on Low, and put in half of the butter to melt. Add the onions and apples; cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

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  • After the cooking time is up and apples and onions are soft, pour in the brandy, chicken broth and apple cider. Set the slow cooker to High and cook for 1 to 2 hours, until simmering.

  • Preheat the oven broiler. Mix together the cinnamon, sugar and remaining butter. Spread onto one side of each slice of bread. Place bread cinnamon side up on a baking sheet, and broil until toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the slices over so the cinnamon is on the bottom. Sprinkle Gouda cheese on the top and return to the broiler until the cheese is melted.

  • Ladle soup into serving bowls and top with slices of toast, cheese side up to serve.

Nutrition Facts

417 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 43.5g; fat 23.3g; cholesterol 52.1mg; sodium 397.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (21)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2006
This soup was yummy overall. However several things I would change: 1 - The recipe doesn't specify when to add oil so I added it at the beginning with the butter. 2 - Soup didn't taste salty enough so added a bit of salt 3 - I would recommend cooking the onions/apples portion for a good 8 hours and then adding the liquids and cooking for a good four hours. I cooked the liquids for 1 1/2 hours as outlined in the recipe and the flavors didn't really get to meld. However the next day I heated up some leftovers and it was really yummy. So I think the liquids just need to be cooked longer so the flavors all blend together. 4 - Lastly I used Vidalia onions in this recipe but I think next time I'll try red onions. Red onions would compliment the flavor of the apples very well I think. I also might try using golden delicious apples instead of granny smiths. They added a bit too much tartness to the soup. Overall a great unique recipe that I will definitely make again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2010
I give the original recipe three stars because of the chicken broth. Onion and apple marry well with beef broth especially if one calls this French Onion Soup fall twist or not. I made it with beef broth cut the apple cider to 3/4 cup and used gala apples so as not to make this too tart. I seasoned the onion/apple mixture with 1 1/2 tsp. of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I also added a tablespoon of flour to the apple and onion mixture 30 minutes before adding the liquids. I think the brandy was nice but next time I'll use something that doesn't reduce to such a sweet flavor like a dark and smoky cabernet. I also omitted the sugar from the bread all together as I felt this would be too sweet and overpowering to the savory flavors of this soup. I also used a mixture of gruyere and gouda. With these small tweaks this is a 4 1/2 star recipe. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2006
This soup was yummy overall. However several things I would change: 1 - The recipe doesn't specify when to add oil so I added it at the beginning with the butter. 2 - Soup didn't taste salty enough so added a bit of salt 3 - I would recommend cooking the onions/apples portion for a good 8 hours and then adding the liquids and cooking for a good four hours. I cooked the liquids for 1 1/2 hours as outlined in the recipe and the flavors didn't really get to meld. However the next day I heated up some leftovers and it was really yummy. So I think the liquids just need to be cooked longer so the flavors all blend together. 4 - Lastly I used Vidalia onions in this recipe but I think next time I'll try red onions. Red onions would compliment the flavor of the apples very well I think. I also might try using golden delicious apples instead of granny smiths. They added a bit too much tartness to the soup. Overall a great unique recipe that I will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2010
I give the original recipe three stars because of the chicken broth. Onion and apple marry well with beef broth especially if one calls this French Onion Soup fall twist or not. I made it with beef broth cut the apple cider to 3/4 cup and used gala apples so as not to make this too tart. I seasoned the onion/apple mixture with 1 1/2 tsp. of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I also added a tablespoon of flour to the apple and onion mixture 30 minutes before adding the liquids. I think the brandy was nice but next time I'll use something that doesn't reduce to such a sweet flavor like a dark and smoky cabernet. I also omitted the sugar from the bread all together as I felt this would be too sweet and overpowering to the savory flavors of this soup. I also used a mixture of gruyere and gouda. With these small tweaks this is a 4 1/2 star recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2006
This was really good. I didn't use a slow cooker. I cooked the onions (4 large)in a stick of butter over med-high heat for about 10 minutes then I added the brandy let it cook down a minute and added 2 tbsp of flour. I let it cook off for a minute then added the stock and cider. It really did need a bit of salt and pepper to flavor it. The cinnamon on the bread was really good. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2006
This onion soup is a winner! It's very good and the cider gives it a nice "autumn" twist. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
Wonderful fall soup!!! I leave out the brandy and use beef broth instead of chicken. It is wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2006
We thought this was very good just like our version a little better but this was fun to try! If you are looking for a little different this is it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2010
I wouldn't make this again. The apple taste was too strong for me and husband wouldn't even finish his. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2007
We really enjoyed this soup. It was slightly sweet slightly tangy yet still savory (I did add salt and pepper). I used two Vidalias and two white onions and I made a few minor changes based on personal preference: I grated the apple for a texture that would be consistent with the onions; I used half coconut oil and half butter; I used veg broth; and I omitted the "crouton " instead simmering a cinnamon stick with the onion/apple mixture and adding a splash of pure maple syrup (although next time I'll try it with the bread). Also I didn't have brandy so I used Sam Adams Utopias which has a smoky flavor similar to cognac. I topped the soup with the cheese and let it melt--delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2009
EXCELLANT!! AND EASY TO MAKE THE ONLY THING I ADDED WAS BEEF BOULLION WITH THE CHICKEN BROTH AND LARGE CAESAR STYLE CROUTONS INSTEAD OF PLAIN ITALIAN OR FRENCH BREAD. THANKS Read More
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