With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: May in Review Collage and Baked Beans

Thursday, June 3, 2010

May in Review Collage and Baked Beans

It took me until adulthood before I realized just how good baked beans were. It took me even longer to like Lima beans. This hearty baked Lima bean recipe, in a sweet molasses sauce is just so delicious and satisfying it will change your mind too!
(Navy beans can be substituted)

Homemade Baked Beans
Preparation Time takes about 4 hours not including soaking time.
1 pound dried Lima or Navy beans
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp. minced garlic (refrigerated kind works fine) (optional)
4 slices of lean bacon - cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup Ketchup
2 T. prepared yellow mustard or honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper

Overnight soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 6-8 cups cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Quick soak: Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 8 cups hot water and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to rapid boil, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Cooking Directions:
  1. Add 6 cups hot water, bay leaves, and garlic to drained and rinsed beans. Simmer gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Drain. Discard bay leaves.
  1. Put beans in a large baking dish or covered casserole. Mix together all other ingredients except bacon. Add to beans and stir together. Lay bacon pieces over top of beans. Cover and bake at 350ยบ for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 40 more minutes. Stir bacon into beans before serving.


Mildred said...

Good Morning dear friend! I always enjoy your end of month mosaic. Many years ago, I had beans similar to this at a Thanksgiving dinner. I have always wanted the recipe - thanks for sharing this one. I can't wait to try these.

Linda C said...

I would have never thought to use lima beans like this. It sounds delicious! I too never liked lima beans until I was an adult- now I love them:)

I love your end of the month mosaic. It was a busy month!:)

Have a great day!


Laurie said...

I cannot believe that it is time for a new End of the Month collage - where did May go? :) I always look forward to seeing yours and it makes such a wonderful keepsake memory for you.

My husband never liked lima beans, so I have not cooked them for 34 years, but he now says he likes them, so I will make this recipe for our next baked beans! I took a peek at your other recent posts, and the photos were just delightful! You have a talent taking photos, capturing even the toddlers, which I always say is trying to capture the wind!

In Joy,

The Watts Family said...

Beautiful Collage ..and those baked beans look wonderful!!

Susan said...

Mmmmmm, I LOVE baked beans. Yours look fabulous. Susan

Janice said...

A real 'people' based round up this month, lovely. Real home baked beans are so good, it's the canned ones that put people off.

Olga said...

May in review mosaic is so pretty. I love it.

Ann said...

I love baked beans but have always hated lima beans. They sure do look good in that picture though. Maybe with all the added ingredients they wouldn't taste so bad :)

BECKY said...

Beautiful collage, gal!! Those beans look sooo yummy! I'll let you know if I cook them up!!

Have a joyful Friday!!

Julie said...

Love the collage! Looks like it was a wonderful May.

Valerie said...

A beautiful collage - and boy do those beans look tasty.
Lima beans huh??

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love baked beans and this sounds like a wonderful recipe. I'm adding to my things to try this summer!

Beautiful May collage!


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