Maple Baked Beans

As promised, here is the recipe for the maple baked beans.  I sent these to the kids at the center reluctantly.  I was sure that these would not be too popular.  I was totally wrong.  These beans were the biggest hit of anything I've sent there and I have been cooking for them several times a week for three months!  I am not a big fan of baked beans but when I tried them on our trip, they were so good that I asked for the recipe.  And the best part, they are extremely simple to make. The recipe:  2 cans of baby butter beans, 2 cans of navy beans, 2 tablespoons of bacon grease, 1 medium diced onion, 2-1/2 tablespoons of vinegar, 1-1/4 cup of maple syrup and 3/4 cup of ketchup.  Cook the onions in the bacon grease until softened.  Turn the heat up and add the vinegar, stirring.  Add the maple syrup and ketchup.  Stir well.   Add the beans.  Add sliced hot dogs if you wish.   Simmer for 30 minutes.    I was tempted to add things to this recipe but I thought better of it and didn't.  These beans are outstanding as is!  Nothing has been eaten faster by the kids than this recipe. I made 40 cups for 16 kids and they were gone in 30 minutes. If you think maple seems a strange combination with beans, most beans are made with brown sugar and this subs for it. There is not a strong maple flavor at all.



 I also made Boston Brown Bread to go with the beans.

 I steamed them in my pudding molds since I had no cans to use.

 I added currants to them.

 This should be sliced with the beans served on top of each piece. The kids had never eaten steamed bread nor heard of Boston Brown Bread before but they loved it.  They kept referring to it as cake.

 So, if you like baked beans, I strongly recommend trying this recipe.  And add extra hot dogs  They were picked out and eaten first by the kids.

Teddy, of the sad paw, says hi!
Here are some of the containers the syrup comes in.


Gatekeeper said…
Looks yummy. Will try it out this summer
awwwww, what happened to the paw?

I went back a few posts, but didn't see anything else, about Teddy.
Guillaume said…
Baked beans in lard and maple syrup is a Quebec classic. My parents use magret de canard sometimes.
Sandy said…

What time will you be serving up those yummy looking beans :-)
Anonymous said…
they look wonderful, I never thought of using canned beans, it would be faster, I always soak dried beans!
I send Teddy my love even though I know she would eat me if I was near lol,
I'm not surprised the kids loved those beans! And gawd, that bread looks good too. When I was small, a friend's Mom always used to use old coffee cans for that bread.
Cottage Tails said…
looks yum - i bet the kids really look forward to your food/treat days.
Robin Larkspur said…
I think all of us visiting your blog would like to come over for baked beans and cake!! Looks wonderful, my hubby would love it!!
Anonymous said…
I'll add different beans to my shopping list next week, I like baked beans so I'm pretty sure I'll like these too :-)

I've never made steamed breasd myself but I often buy it, perhaps I should try it myself at least one time.

Those maple syrup containers are so beautiful!

have a great day!
Kay said…
Oh my gosh! This looks so amazing!
Dog Trot Farm said…
The Boston brown bread looks amazing...Being that this coming Sunday is Maine Maple Sunday, where sugar houses are open to the public, and I stock up on maple syrup for the year, I am going to give this baked bean recipe a try...Thank you for the field trip...Happy Spring...
HI Teddy. You look as sweet as ever. Sorry for the sad paw. I'm not big on beans. My hubby loves them though. But I will tell you that Boston Brown Bread is right up my alley and with the currants. YUM! YUM!
Craig said…
Poor Teddy, best wishes for a speedy recovery. The beans look wonderful, but really the bread is the star. I can almost smell it!
Barb said…
Poor Teddy! She even looks sad. That is a recipe that I am going to try.
what happened to Teddy's paw?

Exactly what I wanted. A good baked bean recipe to take to the beach in a slow cooker. I wonder how many the recipe you posted feeds?