Maple Baked Beans
Beans have the wonderful ability to absorb lots of flavour while they slowly bake. They’re nutritious, tasty and easy. Just toss into the slow cooker in the morning to have dinner waiting in the evening!
2 cups water
1 cup maple syrup
6 slices thick-cut fried bacon, diced, fat reserved
1 or 2 large onions, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons any mustard
a dash or two Worcestershire sauce
a sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon any vinegar
Toss the beans into a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are tender, about 45 minutes.
Drain the beans and place them in a 4-quart ovenproof baking dish with a tight-fitting lid. Add the water, maple syrup, bacon, onions, ginger, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Add as much or as little of the reserved bacon fat as you care to.
Cover and place in the oven at 300 degrees and bake until the beans have absorbed most of the liquid and are tender, about 1 hour or so.
Stir in the vinegar just before serving.