Servings: 10 to 12 as a side dish
These saucy beans will become a year-round favorite. They’re a great foil for smoky barbecue, and they’re comforting in colder weather. Navy beans are commonly used, but in New England, creamy, flavorful heirloom beans like maroon-eyed soldier beans, yellow-eyed beans, and maroon-and-white Jacob’s cattle are popular. They may need to cook longer.
Note: Several readers have given us feedback concerning the recipe’s cooking time, so we’ve provided additional tips from our Test Kitchen to ensure your beans come out perfect:
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Make Ahead Tips
The baked beans can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Molasses helps the beans keep their shape. Its acidity makes the beans cook slower, so they don’t fall apart during the long baking time that gives them all their flavor. Use robust unsulfured molasses, sometimes labeled as dark or full body. It is more concentrated and caramelized than mild molasses, yet lighter, and less bitter than blackstrap molasses.
I tried 4 recipes for homemade baked beans. This was the winner! Excellent flavor - but needs to soak longer than 12 hours. They were not fully cooked by 6 hours. The others were bland or nasty tasting.
We have made this recipe a couple times... about to do it again :-)Yes, they do tend to be undercooked, and soupy. I also find them to be too sweet and cut the brown sugar totally. But I love the healthy dose of mustard, and the onions and bacon.Maybe will mix it with the other FC beans ... http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/boston-baked-beans.aspx
Cooking time was off. Like other reviewers, I cooked these for about 11-12 hours without the beans getting soft. I ended up throwing the whole pot out because the beans were inedible. What a bummer and not a great use of my time.
These are delicious. However, I benefitted from other reviewers criticism of uncooked watery beans.I compared several other recipes which all called for the lid on during baking. Since I started making my beans at 2:30pm, I boiled the dried beans for about 40 minutes. I browned the bacon and onions, then added beans and other ingredients including 4cups of water that I cooked the beans in. I baked with the lid ON at 325 for 2 hours, then for another 20 minutes with lid off. Worked great!
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