Basically traditional Boston baked beans, but uses bacon rather than salt pork, and orange peel and raisins add a zippy surprise. The preparation time doesn't include pre-soaking the beans overnight. I like to serve this with Boston Brown bread (see my Boston Brown Bread), as is customary.
- 4 cups dried pinto beans (1 1/2 lb) or 4 cups great northern beans (1 1/2 lb)
- 1⁄2 lb bacon, diced
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup maple sugar or 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- In a large bowl, cover the beans with water to 2 inches above the top of the beans; soak overnight and drain.
- Sautè the bacon with the onion until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender.
- Add the bacon and onion and any pan juices to the beans.
- Combine the bean mixture with 10 cups water plus the maple sugar through the orange peel.
- Place in a 3½ quart or larger bean pot or casserole dish, or in two smaller pots.
- Simmer in preheated oven at 250° 5-6 hrs or until the beans are tender.
LOVED THIS RECIPE! But then, of course, I really like raisins & orange zest & since I use them quite often, I waited until the last 30 minutes of baking time & added them then [I also doubled the amount of orange zest!]. Also made sure the bacon was VERY crisp. I allowed the strips to cool down on several layers of paper towel before crunching them into SMALL pieces! Taste was outstanding! Many thanks for sharing!
I used 2 cups great northern beans which was a 16 ounce package. So I cut the rest of the ingredients in half. I couldn`t get maple sugar so I used maple syrup. Yes this is saucy and very sweet. I did make this in a crock pot on low, being it was over 80 degrees today I didn`t want the oven on! Good stuff!
Very good, I did use dryed beans for this, and reduced the raisins to 1/2 cup, I have never added in raisins to baked beans, and actually they were quite good, but they did get very mushy while cooking so I think I will add them in towards the end of the cooking time to avoid that happening again. I also added in some fresh garlic that I sauteed with the onions, and incresed the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cooked the mixture for much less time. thanks for a great recipe Edith!...Kitten:)