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Old Fashioned French Canadian Baked Beans

Old Fashioned French Canadian Baked Beans created by trobert.ahti

This was a staple for me growing up in Quebec and brings back many happy memories. A perfect winter comfort food!!! I have tweaked an original recipe and wanted to share it with you. Great at breakfast with fried egg and sausage. A hearty meal with crusty bread and salad. It takes some time but well worth the wait -- I hope you enjoy them. Special note: some people prefer using salt pork when preparing baked beans - I use sliced bacon instead.

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  • Cover beans with water and soak overnight.
  • Rinse beans then bring to a boil in approximately 1 quart of water, bay leaf and garlic - simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let beans stand for approximately 1 1/2 hours until soft. Drain and reserve the bean liquid. Discard bay leaf and garlic.
  • Mix together remaining ingredients (excluding beans and bacon).
  • Add beans to bean pot (or any covered dish).
  • Stir in molasses mixture to beans. Top off with some of the reserved bean liquid.
  • Arrange bacon on top.
  • Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 7 hours. For the final hour of cooking, remove cover to let bean brown up nicely.
  • Note: check occasionally and keep beans covered with reserved bean liquid during cooking.
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"This was a staple for me growing up in Quebec and brings back many happy memories. A perfect winter comfort food!!! I have tweaked an original recipe and wanted to share it with you. Great at breakfast with fried egg and sausage. A hearty meal with crusty bread and salad. It takes some time but well worth the wait -- I hope you enjoy them. Special note: some people prefer using salt pork when preparing baked beans - I use sliced bacon instead."
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  1. carolcole1955
    I wanted to try the recipe for the Old Fashioned French Canadian Baked Beans, but I am allergic to tomato (ketchup included). I made some beans the other day that were kind of lacking in something, we couldn't put our finger on it. I want to give it a try again, and this looks good, but what can I use instead of the tomatoes, or can I simply leave it out. If I leave it out, will it still taste good?
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  2. trobert.ahti
    Old Fashioned French Canadian Baked Beans Created by trobert.ahti
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  3. trobert.ahti
    These are fantastic! We used to buy some great baked beans in Granby Quebec that were only available on Sunday mornings. Since moving to USA we have never found anything similar until my daughter gave me Boston Bean pot 2 weeks ago and I made your recipe as my first ever baked beans. My wife and I really enjoyed and I have some dry beans soaking in the fridge as we speak so that I can make a new batch without the salt pork for my vegetarian daughter. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Bob in New Hampshire
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  4. Andree D.
    Have made this several times and is almost identical to the ones my French Canadian grandmother made for Christmas "reveillon". The only change I make now and again is using one small pork hock nestled in the beans. Once cooked for 5 to 6 hours, the hock is easily deboned and all fat removed leaving the chunks of meat intact and incorporated back to cook for the final hour or so. Either way with or without the bacon or pork hock my friends keep asking me if I'll be making beans again soon.
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  5. mersaydees
    These are really good beans! Made as directed. I, too, noticed that bacon was mentioned in the instructions but not in the ingredients list and I acknowledge that bacon could have sent these over the top for me. I will add some the next time. Thanks, Sue's Kitchen! Made for PAC Spring 2011.
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