French Canadian Baked Beans
Time to make 7¼ hours 15 min prep
1 lb small white pea beans
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1-2 cup pure maple syrup, plus more if desired
1/3 lb salt pork (or good-quality bacon)
salt to taste
1. Pour the beans onto a plate, and pick over looking for bad beans, or stones. Place beans in bowl, cover with water by at least 2 inches, and soak overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
3. Drain beans and place in 4-quart bean pot. Add onion, dry mustard, pepper, salt, and maple syrup. Add water to cover. Cut salt pork into 1-inch pieces and place on top of beans. Bake covered, approximately 8 hours. Check each hour to see if water needs to be added. You can add more maple syrup in place of water for flavor, if desired.
4. Serve the beans with brown bread, franks, or ham. For breakfast, serve with eggs, bacon, and home-fries.
Traditional Canadian baked beans (my favorite because I love the molasses/maple syrup combination)
2 cups white or navy beans
1 onion, sliced
5 cups water
1/4 cup maple sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard (or brown sugar)
3 tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. molasses
2 tsp. salt
¼ pound salt pork, sliced
Pick through dried beans & wash. Put in pot, add water, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover tightly, and soak 1 hour or overnight (preferably overnight). Drain soaking liquid; replace with 5 cups hot water. Add mustard, pepper, salt. Cover and simmer 1 hour on stove. Preheat oven to 300º F. Place beans, liquid, onion, sugar, maple syrup, molasses and half of pork in bean pot or casserole with tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle remaining pork on top. Bake in oven, covered, for 4-5 hours. Remove cover for last half hour to brown pork. Add water if mixture gets too dry.