French onion soup

Ingredients to serve 4

For the beef stock

2kg beef bones (I use knuckle)
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 onion, halved
2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
A handful of fresh thyme sprigs
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 juniper berries

For the soup

125g butter
800g onions, finely sliced
1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
Half a teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Marmite or yeast extract
30ml cooking brandy
Sea salt and reshly ground black pepper

For the croûtons

8 slices of baguette, 2cm thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons grainy Dijon mustard
150g Emmental cheese
50g Parmesan

For the stock, preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Place the beef bones on a roasting tray in the oven for 1 hour or until they are browned, but not burnt. Transfer them to a large saucepan with a matching lid. Add the roughly chopped vegetables along with the herbs and spices. Cover with water and bring to the boil on a high heat. Cover the pan and simmer gently for 1–2 hours. Leave to cool slightly before draining through a sieve.

Melt the butter in a large pan over a moderate heat. When it has melted, add the onions. Coat them in the melted butter and let them sizzle away for 15 minutes. They will first become translucent then sticky and brown. This is where you get the deep, delicious sweet flavours. Continue to brown, but not burn, turning often. Sprinkle in some plain flour and coat the onions. Pour in 1.5 litres beef stock and bring to a simmer. Add the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and Marmite and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Add the brandy and seasoning. Remove from the heat.

To make the croûtons, preheat the grill to high and heat a non-stick frying pan on a high heat. Brush the slices of bread with olive oil and place them in the pan. When they are really crisp and golden on both sides, remove them from the pan and brush the tops with a little mustard. Float the croûtons, mustard-side up, on the surface of the soup and grate over the cheeses. Place the saucepan under the grill for long enough to melt the cheese so that it is bubbling at the edges. Ladle into bowls, making sure each has at least one croûton.

Taken from 'Supper With Rosie' by Rosie Lovell (Kyle Books, £16.99).

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Sport
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
News
news
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Sport
football
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Marketing Executive / Member Services Exec

    £20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...

    Sales Account Manager

    £15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...

    Day In a Page

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam