Knicky Knocky Baked Beans

I know it’s not really a soup or a cookie , but as the economy bites start using cheaper forms of protein , pulses are it , and for the veggies I’m sure this tastes great without the pork.

Just add whatever you guys like , with a smokeyness to it , I know i once happened on some liquid hickory smoke stuff , never found it again , but I reckon you could marinate some quorn etc.

Serves 4

Prep & Cooking 5 Hours

Pre Heat Oven 10 170 C/ 325 F / Gas Mk 3

450g [ 1lb ] dry haricot beans
2 Litres [ 3 1/2 pints water ]
6 slices bacon or salt pork , about 225g [ 8oz ] cut into pieces
1/2 large onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
100ml [ 4 floz ] maple syrup
75ml [ 3 floz ] dark rum
570 ml [ 1 pint ] bean cooking liquor
2 tablespoons brown sugar
25g [ 1oz ] butter

Soak beans overnight if you want to drastically reduce cooking time .

Put beans in saucepan , cover bring to boil and simmer gently 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to stand for 1 hour.

Return to the boil and simmer gently, covered for 40 minutes.

Drain, reserving the cooking liquor.

place the bacon or salt pork in an ovenproof dish.

Add the beans onion , mustard , maple syrup , rum and 425ml [ 3/4 pint ] of the reserved cooking liquor.

Bake in an oven for 2 1/2 hours in an uncovered pan to allow a crust to form , then add remaining liquor and bake for further 30 minutes.

Cream together the brown sugar and butter and dot on the top.

Variations to a theme , I didn’t have enough maple syrup this time out , so I used honey and golden syrup , and i also added 100 ml’s of Rum and some whole-grain mustard.

Piccies and feedback welcome.

2 Responses to “Knicky Knocky Baked Beans”

  1. on 13 Feb 2009 at 10:56 pm Matron

    I’ve got a bottle of that liquid hickory smoke! I love it! I can get you a bottle next month in the US if you’d like?

  2. on 14 Feb 2009 at 12:37 am Porl

    That would be soooooooooooooo sweet , I love my chum kate soooooo much and i would love for her to have some of this , can i be greedy an ask for 2 i’l pay ya , and you know i’m good for it.

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