From Hum Croatia. Red Wine Bread Soup

It's the smallest town in the world!  Meet Alexandar, owner of Hum's only restaurant.  He shares an old, traditional recipe.


2/3 bottle full-bodied red wine

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 - 2 thick slabs of country white bread

4 teaspoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a small saucepan, heat wine over low flame until very hot, but not boiling.  Pour into a medium pitcher.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat olive oil and brown bread slices on both sides.

Add sugar to the hot wine, but don't stir.  Sprinkle pepper on top.  Submerge bread in hot wine.

To serve:  You can do it the traditiional way by passing it around among a few good friends:  take a spoonful of bread and then a sip of wine, stirring as you to to increase sweetness.  Or you can divide the wine between four small bowls, add 1 teaspoon sugar to each and a sprinkling of pepper and add a hunk of fried bread to each bowl.