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Baked Beans

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
Baked Beans 
We love baked beans in this house.  When  I was growing up baked beans were often on themenu on Saturday evening suppers, and there was nothing tastier.  Good baked beans do take long slow baking. My mom always started hers early Saturday morning, and by about noontime onwards, we were tortured by the tantalising smell of them cooking. By the time we tucked in at supper time, we were all more than ready for them!  They were so, so SO good! 😋
Baked Beans 
This recipe I am showing you today is a bit of a cheat in that you don't have to bake them for all day in a slow oven.  Instead they cook to taste perfection in about 2 hours, and surprisingly do taste very similar to the ones my mother used to bake back in the day.
Baked Beans 
This is a vegetarian version however, adapted from a recipe that I got from a book published by Ryland Peters,  entitled "The Vegetarian Pantry", by Chloe Coker and Jane Montgomery.
Baked Beans 
It makes use of store cupboard ingredients I always have in my larder . . .  good tinned tomatoes, tinned cooked haricot beans . . .  Dijon mustard, brown sugar and dark treacle . . . with a hint of a good balsamic vinegar . . .
Baked Beans 
You begin by softening some onions over low heat in a bit of oil until they are lovely and almost meltingly soft.   Into that goes some garlic, just enough to give them a lovely subtle layer of additional flavour  without going over the top . . .  
Baked Beans 
There is no bacon to give that smokey flavor home baked beans usually have . . .  instead some smokiness is imparted by using paprika, along with the above ingredients and some vegetable stock.
Baked Beans 
Once you get it all mixed together and simmering, you cover them and bake them in a slow oven for about 2 hours, which condenses all those flavours down and gives you a beautifully flavoured sauce  . . .
Baked Beans 
We enjoy them, hot  . . .  with a grating of a good cheddar on top and some warm crusty bread to mop up all of these delicious juices . . . these are a real taste treat. Low in fat. High in fiber.  Healthy, and delicious!  What more could you ask for?
Baked Beans 
*Homemade Baked Beans*Serves 2 as a main4 as a sidePrintable Recipe  

 These are the perfect comfort food.  Serve with plenty of crusty bread or cornbread to sop up all the tastiness!  They are also very tasty spooned over hot buttered toast. 
2 TBS olive oil1 onion, peeled and finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed1 TBS dark soft brown sugar1 TBS dark treacle or molasses1 tsp Dijon mustard1/2 tsp paprika pinch dried chili flakes (how much you use depends on how spicy you want them)1 TBS Balsamic vinegar1 (400g) tin of haricot beans, drained and rinsed (14 ounce)1 (400g) tin of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice, undrained (14 ounce)240ml of vegetable stock (1 cup)fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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Preheat the oven to 160*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.  
Put the onion, oil and 2 tsp of water in a flameproof casseroe and cover with a lid.   Cook gently over low heat for about 10 minutes, without allowing the onion to take on too much color.   Add the garlic, brown sugar, treacle, mustard, paprika and  vinegar.  Stir to combine.   Stir in the beans and tomatoes, as well as the stock.  Bring to the boil and cook for two minutes.  Cover with a lid and then transfer to the oven.  
Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours.  If at the end of that time you think the consistency is too liquidy, you can simmer over  gentle heat and reduce the liquid to your desired consistency.   Season to taste and serve hot with crusty bread or corn bread. 
Baked Beans 
We enjoyed them with some sliced cucumber, but a salad would go also go very nicely on the side, as would coleslaw.  (Oh, I do so love coleslaw.)  Once we get into really warm temperatures I won't want to be heating up the oven, but for now, while we are still enjoying the Spring weather, these went down a real treat.  Bon Appetit!  
Note - I have never doubled this recipe myself, (there are only two of us) but I imagine that it would work very well to do so.
Baked Beans

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