Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins
If you can use brown beans (I did find them in my larger grocery store) as they have a sweeter, milder flavor than do pinto or navy beans although either can be substituted. This is excellent with pork chops or baked ham. It takes a while to do but is not the least bit complicated. Cooking time does not include the overnight soaking of the beans. This recipe comes from a cookbook I checked out at the library but it has gone on my Christmas “wish” list….Prairie Home Cooking.
- 1 1⁄2 cups swedish brown beans, picked and rinsed well (or pinto)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup cider vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup dark corn syrup (or molasses)
- 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with water.
- Soak overnight.
- The next day drain and transfer to a large saucepan or stockpot.
- Add water again to just cover.
- Add cinnamon stick to beans and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
- Add salt, brown sugar, vinegar, corn syrup and pears.
- Simmer covered for 2-2 ½ hours until beans are tender.
- Transfer to serving bowl and serve.