Recipe of the day - White onion soup with cider and Gruyere

Book Jacket Handout of WHITE ONION SOUP WITH CIDER AND GRUYERE, from Easy by Tom Aikens, published by Ebury Press. See PA Feature FOOD Aikens. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Ebury Press/John Lawrence Jones 2011. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FOOD Aikens.
Book Jacket Handout of WHITE ONION SOUP WITH CIDER AND GRUYERE, from Easy by Tom Aikens, published by Ebury Press. See PA Feature FOOD Aikens. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Ebury Press/John Lawrence Jones 2011. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FOOD Aikens.
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White onion soup with cider and Gruyere (serves 4)
ingredients

120g unsalted butter

600g large onions, sliced

6 thyme sprigs

1tbsp sugar

1tsp sea salt

400ml white chicken stock

450ml sweet cider

200ml creme fraiche

1 baguette, sliced

1 garlic clove

100g Gruyere cheese, grated

Method

Place a pan over a medium heat and add butter. When melted, add the onions, together with the thyme, sugar and salt. Cook over a medium heat, stirring now and again, until the onions are lightly caramelised and golden (12 minutes). Add the stock and cider, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the creme fraiche. Remove the thyme sprigs, pour the soup into a blender until it becomes a smooth puree. Toast baguette slices until golden on both sides, then rub with a cut clove of garlic. Top with grated cheese and grill. Place a few slices in each bowl to serve.