French Onion Soup Tartines on French Baguettes

by simplylife on January 30, 2012

France.  We were spoiled enough to spend several dream-like days walking through its cobblestone roads and peeking inside every bakery window.

I should be feeling extremely grateful for the opportunity and the memories it provided, right?

Right.  I agree.  And I do.  Except that I want to go back.

Sure, I’d love to walk through and stare at the endless paintings inside the Lourve again.  Or watch the Eiffel Tower light-up while I cross the Siene River, holding hands with my husband.

But the reason I really want to go back.

The bread.

Everywhere I looked there were people walking with French baguettes.  In the morning with their espresso and newspaper.  In the afternoon with a few slices of meat and cheese in between.  In the evening poking out of their brief cases and designer bags while they walk home.  At least they know a good thing when they have it.

I won a giveaway several months ago.  In the mail, arrived this nearly 5 lb. book filled with bread recipes I could not wait to try.

There was only one problem.  I couldn’t follow the recipes.  Everything was written in pounds, ounces and grams.

I did what any sensible almost-30-year-old would do.  I asked my husband to tell my mom I wanted a kitchen scale for Christmas 🙂

Yes, I requested an entirely new kitchen appliance for one cookbook.  The pictures were that drool-worthy.

It was so worth it.  I have never made a bread this fluffy and close-to-form of the actual crispy and chewy baguettes we ate in France and now I have over 300 more pages to get lost in.

The only part of having delicious French bread?  Having this French Onion Soup topping to serve with it.  (I have to apologize because I planned to convert the measurements into cups and teaspoons, so that you wouldn’t have to wait until Christmas as well.  But I got distracted by the magic happening in the kitchen. Oops.)

However, what makes this dish completely stand out was the toppings.  So you could take a short-cut and buy French bread from your local bakery.  However you get the bread, you need to make this topping to eat it with.

French Onion Soup Tartines

by Simply Life

Adapted from Vegetarian Times

Keywords: saute appetizer side vegetarian cheese French


  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 large onions, sliced
  • 2 tbs. white wine
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • Thyme, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 French baguette, cut into thick slices
  • 2 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated


1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cover. Let cook about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions have begun to brown. Add wine and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until wine has mostly evaporated.

2. Stir in broth, honey and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Partially cover and lower heat; simmer 10-20 minutes, until most of liquid has evaporated.

3. Preheat oven to broil. Place sliced bread on baking sheet (I recommend placing foil under bread for easy clean-up). Spread heaping tablespoon over each slice of bread and top with grated cheese. Broil 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese bubbles and begins to brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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  • Sam

    What a brilliant idea! I never make French Onion soup because no one around here eats it but me, and it doesn’t make good lunch-box leftovers. Also, amazing baguettes! That’s one bread I haven’t attempted yet. Maybe I’ll be inspired…

  • Hillary

    This is like my own personal little heaven. I’ll pay you to bake bread for me? Please? Haha!

    The food I had in Italy was unlike anything I have ever had before in my life. It was unreal!

    • Simply Life

      Ha, if I had more time I think I would just bake bread all day, everyday and give it away 🙂

  • Anu Shoj

    wow awesome girl….this is a beautiful post…..i always luv to make bread at home…bookmarked it dear!

  • Anonymous

    I need my husband to start loving onions…as soon as possible I have a kitchen scale and always use it in my baking- totally fabulous

  • Maris Callahan

    I cannot stop staring at these photos! Perfection!

  • Heather

    French onion soup is one of my all time faves – it is pretty much the one soup I can get my husband to eat.

    The bread, onion and cheese is the best part! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • emma schultz

    Oh how I miss the fresh French bread… the neatly-shaped breads that one never sees here, especially.

    I asked for and received a kitchen scale also ! Just used it for the first time, I love it:)

  • Katerina

    Paris is a dream and so are your tartines!

    • Simply Life

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Lauren

    these are so pretty!! Great job 🙂

  • Colleen

    I’m drooling! What a great recipe. The bread in France is one of my most vivid (and delicious!) memories when I visited there. 🙂

  • Priya

    Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

  • Daisy

    this is incredible. so is paris.

  • Yummychunklet

    What a great rendition on the traditional French onion soup! Great job on the bread as well.

  • Ali Mc @ Running with Spatulas

    you’re killing me! I love bread and french onion soup….this is going to be my new favourite thing…..I’m going to see if I have everything needed to make it right now

    • Simply Life

      Good! You won’t regret it!!!

  • Anonymous

    These definitely look worth buying the scale for! Yum!

    And I totally agree about Paris – the bread was amazing, and baguettes really were everywhere. And I definitely want to go back!!!

    Hope you had a nice weekend.


  • Melanie Flinn

    Wow- that looks fabulous. I’ve always wanted to make my own french bread. It’s on the list of things to do. Pictures are great too!

    • Simply Life

      Thanks! I highly recommend making it! 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    The pictures here are just beautiful!!

    • Simply Life

      Thank you!

  • Mom

    You made that bread??? I know that I’ve seen so many amazing breads you’ve made, but I never would have thought homemade could look so bakery bought!

    Yey…I’m glad your hubby asked./ suggested / planted the seed on what you would like for Christmas and that I was a part of this creation (I’m so humble; aren’t I)

    It looks unbelievable, but I do believe. Congrats are winning this book!!!

  • Pattysfood

    Wow, just so delicious looking, I’m in love!

  • Hilliary Wolfe

    Oh this looks delicious! Perfect for an appetizer!

    • Simply Life

      Yes! I agree!

  • SassyAgapi

    Yum! I’m good with anything involving French onion soup!

  • Shannon

    oh my gosh, that bread looks to die for, and loving the onions and cheese on top 🙂

  • Jolene (

    Those look awesome! I love French Onion Soup, but haven’t ever seen anything like this! My favourite ethnic cuisine is probably Indian or Korean.

  • angela.simon11

    Wow. That is totally gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Your bread looks gorgeous and that topping sounds incredible too!

  • Baking Serendipity

    France is way, way high on my list of places to visit. The thought of baguettes everywhere…I could totally do this. Perhaps when you return, my husband and I could join as a double date 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Definitely! We can drink wine and eat bread and chocolate together! Sounds perfect! 🙂

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Those onions!! OMG. This looks absolutely fantastic.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I visited Paris 20 years ago, and one of my fondest memories is certainly the baguette!!!

    Yours sounds wonderful! And the sweet, oniony, cheesy topping is perfect!

  • Karriann Graf

    This sounds amazing; wish I were your neighbor. Maybe you deliver?

    “Happy Cooking”

  • Branappetit

    these look so incredible! i dream of going to France some day.

  • JoJo

    Oh my gosh, you are making me hungry!!! I still haven’t had dinner yet..
    I have a scale too since I have recipe books with measurements in grams 🙂

  • Bom

    That looks delicious. As for the scales, definitely worth it. I don’t even have your bread cookbook and I find it to be a most useful purchase. Happy baking! I can just imagine the smells wafting through your kitchen.

  • Joy

    That is such a cool way to have french onion soup without the soup.

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