Today is my second post for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Each month, a group of bloggers, led by Jutta of Hungry Little Girl, comes together to create unique recipes using two specific ingredients. This month’s challenge combined Onion and Gingerbread Spice.
I decided to showcase the flavors by meshing together two German recipes, Zwiebelsuppe (Onion Soup) and Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread). I made Lebkuchentorte (Gingerbread Cake), cut the cake into small cubes, and dried them into croutons to flavor the soup.
I am very happy with the final result. This was my first time making croutons. The honey-spiced cake complimented the clear soup nicely. I usually don’t care too much about croutons, but I found myself reaching for more to add to the soup. Plus, baking the Lebkuchentorte made my whole house smell like gingerbread.
I made the croutons a couple of days in advance. Just store them in an airtight container after they have completely cooled. For the soup, slice the onions as thin as possible. I used a mandolin.