French Onion soup (for English speakers)

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French Onion soup is one of those dishes that everyone knows and everyone has tried, but unfortunately can be incorrectly prepared.  This recipe is close to the original, is easy to prepare but relies on sherry and tasty cheddar cheese for its flavors.

Ingredients Serves 4
Large onions (sliced) 6
Butter 2 tbspns
Lemon zest from one lemon
Beef stock cubes 3
Water 2 liters
Sherry 4 tbspns
Cheddar cheese (grated) 8 tbspns
Whole-wheat toast 4 slices
Ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Method

Dissolve the beef stock cubes in the two liters of water.  Fry onions in butter until soft.  Now add the beef stock and zest of lemon and simmer for 10 minutes.  Strain off the zest and add the sherry.  Prepare four soup bowls and place one slice of toast in each.  Pour the soup over the toast and top with two tablespoons of cheese.  Grind some black pepper over the cheese and place in microwave for a few seconds until the cheese starts to melt and then serve immediately.

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