Spring is almost here! Almost time to go to the cabanes à sucre and gorge on eggs, sausages, pickles, crepes, tire, maple syrup, pea soup, and of course, baked beans.
Here is a recipe for slow-cooker maple baked beans – simple to make, and a heavenly taste.
Slow Cooker Maple Baked Beans
- 3 1/2 cups (460 g) dried white or Navy beans, dried and soaked
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped (1 cup)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1/2 lb (225 g) salt pork, rind removed and diced
- ¼ cup tomato paste (half of a small can)
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
Soak beans in water overnight.
The next day, drain the beans, put them in a pot and cover with clean water.
Bring beans to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the skin on the beans split when you blow on it.
Reserve 2 cups of the cooking water and set aside, then drain the beans and put them in the slow cooker with chopped onion, maple syrup, salt pork, tomato paste, molasses, apple cider vinegar, mustard, paprika and reserved cooking water.
Cover slow cooker and cook 6-7 hours on low, or 4-5 on high, depending on the power of your slow cooker.
Serve beans with a loaf of homemade Crusty No Knead Bread, or pick up some freshly-baked bread from one of Quebec’s fantastic artisan bakeries.