Homemade Baked Beans

Complete the sentences: ‘Fish fingers, chips and ________’ , ‘Jacket potato with cheese and ________’, ‘________ on toast’.

Yes. Beans are an essential part of life. So essential, I tried making my own in my slow cooker, and the results were so beyond satisfying I had to share. Literally these are life changing beans. PLUS you can shove them all in your freezer and have beans on demand.

They have half the sugar / nasties etc etc than normal beans and they taste so much nicer! Most recipes I looked at recommended adding molasses, I couldn’t find these so just left them out and they were definitely sweet enough.

Be warned though for this recipe you will need a lot of beans and a lot of patience. They take a LONG time.

Homemade Baked Beans

  • 500g dried cannelini beans
  • 6 rashers smoked bacon (optional)
  • 100g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp normal paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne chilli pepper
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp boullion stock powder
  • 2 tsp Henderson’s relish
  • 1/2 litre water
  • Salt and pepper

Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water in a big container. Drain them the next day and set aside. Chop up the bacon, cherry tomatoes, garlic and onion finely and soften all together in a pan.

Place in the slow cooker with the beans. Add in all the spices and enough water to just cover the mixture.

Heat on high for around 4 hours or low for 6 hours. The beans really will take that long to cook, you’ll think they aren’t cooking and then bam they will change consistency. Freeze in portions and enjoy when you need to!

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