Beer Soup (parve) Recipe

Title: Beer Soup (Parve) - A Traditional European Delight

Beer soup has a long history and is a beloved traditional dish in many European countries. It is a unique combination of flavors where beer, bread, and spices come together to create a comforting and warming soup. This recipe has been passed down through generations, with each family adding their own twist to make it truly special. In this recipe, we will explore how to create a delicious parve (non-dairy) version of beer soup, perfect for those who follow a kosher or vegan lifestyle.

Fun Fact:
Beer soup dates back to medieval times when it was considered a staple dish among peasants. It was an economical way to make use of stale bread and leftover beer, ensuring no food went to waste.

- 4 cups beer
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup grated crust of stale rye bread
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup zwieback (rusk), broken into small pieces
- A handful of dried currants (optional)


1. In a large saucepan, combine the beer and water. Bring it to a gentle boil over medium heat.

2. Once the liquid starts boiling, add the sugar and stir until dissolved completely.

3. Add the grated crust of stale rye bread and mix well. This will give the soup a rich, bread-like flavor and help thicken it.

4. Drop the cinnamon stick into the mixture, allowing it to infuse its aromatic essence.

5. Adjust the heat to low and simmer the soup for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

6. Remove the saucepan from heat and discard the cinnamon stick.

7. Stir in the lemon juice, which will add a touch of tartness and balance the sweetness of the soup.

8. Place the zwieback (rusk) pieces in a serving bowl or individual soup bowls.

9. Pour the hot beer soup over the zwieback, allowing it to absorb the flavors and soften a bit.

Optional Step:
10. For those who enjoy a fruity twist, you can boil a handful of dried currants separately. Once the currants are soft, strain them and add both the currants and the juice to the beer soup. This will introduce a delightful burst of sweetness and texture.

11. Stir everything gently, ensuring the soup is evenly combined with the zwieback and currants.

12. Serve the beer soup hot, as it is most comforting on a chilly day.

Variations and Serving Suggestions:

1. Adding Fruit: Consider adding diced apples or pears to the soup for a fruity twist. These fruits will provide a delightful contrast to the rich and malty flavors of the beer.

2. Spicing it up: Experiment with different spices such as nutmeg, coriander, or ginger for an extra layer of warmth and complexity.

3. Toppings and Garnishes: Sprinkle some chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or chives on top of the soup to add a pop of color and a hint of freshness.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- French Onion Soup: Just like beer soup, French Onion Soup is a classic, comforting dish. It combines caramelized onions, beef broth, and melted cheese on top of crispy bread. Both soups are known for their rich and hearty flavors.
- Clam Chowder: This creamy and flavorful soup is a favorite among seafood lovers. It combines clams, potatoes, and other ingredients to create a satisfying and savory dish.
- Mulligatawny Soup: Originating in Indian cuisine, Mulligatawny soup typically consists of lentils, spices, coconut milk, and sometimes meat or chicken. It offers a unique blend of flavors and is known for its slightly spicy kick.

Beer soup is a delightful combination of beer, bread, and spices that has stood the test of time. With its rich history, unique flavors, and simple preparation, this parve version offers a delightful twist that can be enjoyed by all. So, gather your ingredients and indulge in this traditional European delicacy with a warm bowl of beer soup.



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