Not Just Another Baked Bean Recipe

"These tasty savory beans are great. The alcohol adds a nice depth of flavor to this savory, sweet dish. I got the thumbs up from my picky guy, so I am sharing this dish. Who would have thought, it could taste this good, my dh didn't. I have adjusted the cooking time."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins
1 pot




  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a small saucepan, combine coffee, cider vinegar, water, butter, molasses, maple syrup, dry mustard, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, liquid smoke, black pepper, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Bring this sauce to a slow boil and gently simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in brandy and Kahlua.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings or sugar to your taste preference if necessary.
  • Place beans in a glass casserole dish and top with sauce, combine well then top with the sliced onions.
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated oven for 4 - 8 hours or until desired tenderness is achieved. If you find that the bean are runny then keep in the oven longer, making sure to watch that they don't burn or that the liquid doesn't completed dry out.
  • Please add a little water if they start to get dry.

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  1. I made this in a bean crock. Holding in more moisture seeing an other reviewer found it to dry out. I did use 3 cans of beans. Also used whole grain mustard didn`t have dry. Baked and tasted found it wsn`t sweet enough for DH added 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup ketchup. Used smoked chipotle for a smoky kick. No it isn`t the same baked beans the onions on top really make this tasty! Thanks.
  2. WOW! I had a whole day in the kitchen last weekend making two dishes to take to a local Birthday Party - I made these and a curry for my offerings! These took some time to prepare and make, but OMG - they were wolfed down by everyone! We ALL loved the numerous layers of flavours that were going on here, VERY tasty indeed! I am lucky enough to have some liquid smoke from a swap, and I think that really added to the flavour. I used red kidney beans and white haricot beans - pinto beans are hard to find here in France. I did not add the Kahlua, again it is hard to source in France. A lovely, lovely recipe that is well worth the time and effort to make - I will have this on my list of good things to take to barbecues and parties BK! Merci Darlink! Made for the Aussie/NZ recipe swap and I am VERY late - sorry! FT:-)
  3. We loved the flavor of this dish...but they really did dry out. I made and cooked as posted...but after 1 hr I added about 1/4 cup water another hr another 1/4 cup water etc until it had cooked for 4 hrs (dinner time). So I added an additional cup of liquid to the recipe. I couldn't even find the onion once I plated it. But the overall dish is wonderful...but not sure if it was worth the trouble. Thanks for posting. :)
  4. We baked them much longer than the recipe suggested, and still thought they could have used more time. With that said, flavor was great, and DH enjoyed eating the sliced onions off the top. Made a nice lunch for a quiet winter day. Made for Photo Tag.


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