Bread Soup

Hessische Brotsuppe
Course Soup
Cuisine Hesse
Region Hesse


  • 4 ounces ham
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 6 slices hearty wheat bread cubed*
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1-1/2 ounces Allgäuer Emmentaler Cheese
  • 2 egg yolks


  • Melt half the butter in a saucepan and gently fry 3/4 of the bread cubes. Pour in the beef broth, bring to a boil and beat with a whisk until smooth. Beat together the cream, cheese and egg yolk with a whisk until blended and add to the soup. Stir until both sets of ingredients are blended.
  • Chop the ham and chives and sprinkle over the soup.
  • Melt the rest of the butter in a frying pan and fry the rest of the bread cubes until golden brown and sprinkle over the soup.


*The original recipe uses Kasseler Brot, which is a bread made with wheat and rye flour with a sourdough base.