Baked Beans Ala Carolyn

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READY IN: 5hrs 20mins
Recipe by Chef Carolyn H.

This is my own recipe for beans done the old-fashioned way, based on the recipe that my mother used for my years growing up. She always used molasses, but based on stories my father told of eating in woods camps in Maine (he was a Border Patrol Officer) I switched to maple syrup. They are on the sweet side, as that is how my family prefers them.

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  1. Soak beans overnight--be sure water is around 2 inches above beans--they will expand overnight.
  2. Parboil beans in a.m. around an hour and 15 minutes--the skins at that point should "blow back" when gently blown on.
  3. Quarter onion.
  4. Cut bacon in 2 inch pieces.
  5. Mix remainder of ingredients together.
  6. Place beans in bean pot, or if you don't have one, in an ovenproof baking dish. Put onions and bacon on top. Pour rest of ingredients over beans. Add enough of the bean cooking liquid to cover the beans about 1/2 inch (to allow for evaporation during cooking). Cover.
  7. Place in 300 oven, and bake for around 4 hours. Check for liquid and doneness at 3 hours--if liquid seems to be cooking down below beans, add enough to just cover. Continue cooking until done.

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