I don’t know about you but I grew up on baked beans (anyone not from the UK is wondering what on earth I’m going on about!). My mum told me they were a healthy meal and when I went vegetarian aged 12 it was beans on toast, beans on jacket potato, beans with sausage, bean with an English breakfast and well pretty much anything I wanted really. Delicious and good for you – could it be true?? Well, err no not really. I’ve just looked and a tin of Heinz Baked Beans contains 5tsp of sugar (BTW WHO recommendation – which is generous – is 6tsp per day for an adult).
Anyway, we no longer need to worry because I have found the BEST baked bean recipe. I love them, my husband loves them, my kids love them and yes they really are quite good for you!!! This recipe makes quite a huge vat so I portion it up and freeze them.
Better than Heinz (really?) Baked Beans
From 'The Art of Eating Well' by Jasmine and Melissa Helmsley
If using dried beans, heat a large pan of hot water (about 2 litres) and cook the beans and bay leaves with the lid on for about 80-90 minutes, until tender
In a separate large pan, fry the onions gently for 10 minutes in the ghee
Add the celery, garlic, spices and herbs and leave to cook for 5 mins
Turn up the heat, add the tomato puree, tomatoes, molasses, salt and pepper and bone broth and simmer for 30 minutes
Add the beans (or the drained and rinsed tinned beans) and simmer for a further 30 mins
Remove the lid towards the end if the sauce needs thickening up
Add 1/2 tbsp tamari (if using) then more if required
Season to taste and stir through the butter and serve or portion up to freeze