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Franny's Home-made Baked Beans

We gave Babybear some Heinz baked beans tonight with cheese and toast (what’s not to like, you’d think) but actually she wasn’t that fussed for them. I must say it did occur to me as I was eating mine that they did taste very salty.

So I haven’t actually made these before but I’ve had the recipe for ages. What was holding me up, you ask? Why, the molasses… I’ve searched high and low, from health food shop to supermarket for it to no avail. However, some Christian soul has finally put me out of my misery and told me that treacle (which I have in the damned cupboard) is the same thing. Durrrr.

Anyway, Franny’s recipe and her comments are below. Apparently they are very tasty. I’m not 100% sure about the bean soaking bit as I am rarely that organised so I reserve the right to used tinned haricots.

8 oz haricot beans
1 lb toms, skinned and deseeded (I used tinned and it is ok if maybe a little runny)
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp molasses
2 tsp mustard powder
3/4 pint hot stock (that’s three quarters, not 3 or 4 )

Soak beans overnight in large bowl covered with cold water. Drain well, put in sauce pan and cover with cold water by at least 2 ins. Bring to boil, skim surface, cover pan and cook at rolling boil for 30 mins. Drain well. Preheat oven to GM 2. Put beans in large casserole and stir in all remaining ingredients. Mix well. Cover casserole and cook for 2.5 hours. Stir gently and cook for another 35 mins or until tender and sauce thickened. (normally takes up to 4 hours to get really tender and not too runny IME).

Freezes well and is popular with dads as well as children. I normally cook at least double and freeze lots. It has been pointed out to me that with having to cook them for so long, and with baked beans being so cheap, that it is probably cheaper to buy them, but I would far rather have this sort with no salt and no artificial sweeteners. I think baked beans are a truly healthy food but the tinned sort normally have a lot of rubbish added. These are easy to make and also make the house smell lovely.

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4 Responses to “Franny's Home-made Baked Beans”

  1. claire says:

    what kind of stock do you use cheers

  2. claire says:

    thank u very much i guessed it would be veg stock meat didnt sound quite right am gng to give them a go at the weekend sound good

  3. longears says:

    I made this recipe with a few adjustments. My husband and little one really liked it.

    I cooked it in a slow cooker on low for 5 hours. As I’m not very good with adjusting recipes, I didn’t alter any ingredients. It turned out very watery, so I put in 2/3 cup of quinoa and let it cook another hour.

    I also used fresh tomatoes that I whizzed with a hand blender, skins, seeds and all. Mostly, I just don’t like de-skinning tomatoes, but also, I feel like I’m wasting some of the food by removing the skin.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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