French Onion Apple Soup for a cold fall day

As fall settles in over Berlin, it seems as though we all start craving some comfort food. And in this weeks post, we have a great dish to satisfy this craving. French Onion Soup is a classic fall dish and, like most classics, it can easily be tweaked to be just a little bit better.

The combo of onion, bread, and cheese is really quite amazing on its own, but add apples and a hint of thyme and you really get one of the best things ever.

Lucky for Anna, the Gruyère cheese used in the classic french onion soup usually contains no lactose due to its long aging process. Gruyère has a strong distinct taste which compliments the sweetness of the soup perfectly. It also goes great with a nice glass of dry apple cidre!

The Recipe

French Onion Apple Soup

serves 3-4 people


4 medium sized yellow onions

2 medium sized red onions

1 apple – peeled and thinly sliced or grated

50g butter

1 teaspoon raw sugar

200 ml white wine

700 ml good quality vegetable or chicken broth

2-3 thyme sprigs

100g Gruyère cheese (or aged Emmentaler as a replacement)

a couple slices of baguette or ciabatta


Peel the onions and cut them into slices. Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pot, add and melt the butter. Fry the onions on low to medium heat for about 10 min until golden. We added about a teaspoon of raw sugar to slightly caramelize the onions. Pour the white wine, increase the heat a bit and boil for a couple minutes, then add the heated broth, the thyme and the apple. Cover the soup and let it simmer for a total of 20-25min.  Season the soup with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

In the meantime, heat the oven to 200°C and toast a couple slices of baguette.

Pour the soup into individual oven-proof bowls, add a slice or 2 of the toasted baguette on each bowl and cover with grated Gruyère cheese. Bake in the soup bowls in the oven for about 10 min until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve while steaming hot and enjoy this superb fall classic!

12 Responses to “French Onion Apple Soup for a cold fall day”
  1. What a beautiful autumn scene, with the dappled light and carpet of fallen leaves. And the recipe looks delicious too!

    • Anna says:

      Thanks for your post! We are going to add a bit more local berlin shots to our posts going forward. We realized it makes sense to set the scene for the meal.

  2. emmycooks says:

    This sounds so good–I love the apple addition!

  3. Luffy Moogan says:

    Love your blog! And love your onion soup:-)

  4. Wow–love the addition of apple. Will have to try. Thank you!

  5. bakeaffairs says:

    This onion soup looks very tasty and I will try it out very soon!

  6. I would never have thought of adding apple. What an interesting twist!

  7. kassiastclair says:

    The perfect winter lunch – and with apple too! kassia x

  8. I left Berlin two months ago and now I live in Lisbon. I take advantage on this cold evening to prepare your onion soup. Love it!

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