Traditional English Baked Beans
These are traditional Brit baked beans cooked according to the time-tested recipe. You can add cheese, mushrooms, bacon, pancetta, or whatever you like later."Sure, why don't you take canned beans, quick and easy, and full of phthalates from epoxy resin lining of the can. One can of baked beans serves 10 times the permitted amount of phthalates for an adult. NO WAY I would feed my child with ready-made canned beans! This is a recipe for food purists, not for junk food eaters. And canned beans IS junk food." - juliegabriel
Yield: 8 Servings Ready in 7 hours
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|500 gramsborlotti or navy beans; soak overnight|
|200 mltomato paste (not passata)|
|1 wholelarge onion; finely diced|
|1 tablespoonbrown sugar or 2 tablespoons maple syrup|
|2 tablespoonsWorchestershire sauce|
|1/4 teaspoonpoultry seasoning|
|2 cupsfiltered water|
|3 tablespoonsolive or sunflower oil|
Traditional English Baked Beans Preparation
Soak beans in filtered water overnight.
Discard the water. Add fresh water from the tap and rinse.
Add filtered water so that it covers the beans.
Bring to boil and continue simmering on medium heat for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, cook the onion and garlic (if using) in olive/sunflower oil. Set aside.
Add tomato paste, sugar/syrup, molasses, vinegar, basil, Worchestershire sauce, seasoning, and any condiments using (I sometimes add vitamin C to extend shelf life - but I am a qualified chemist, so you may need to closely follow the instructions on the label).
Stir well and allow to settle.
When the beans have boiled for 1 hour, turn off the heat, and transfer the beans to a heat-proof vessel. Add the tomato and spice sauce and stir well. You should see at least 1 cm of sauce on top of the beans.
Place the beans in an oven heated to 200c. Leave them for 4-5 hours.
Make sure you stir them every hour or your sauce ends up too brown.
Enjoy with cheese and toast.
Place 2 tablespoons baked beans on a white bread toast. Cover with a generous heap of shredded cheddar cheese. Bake in an oven until the cheese melts. Voila! Your typically Brit lunch is ready. Yum.
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