Homemade Baked Beans

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Homemade Baked Beans are inspired from The Full English Breakfast of Bacon, Eggs, Baked beans, and fries is The Full Monty. It is known as the most comprehensive breakfast. I usually have a different breakfast every day of the week, so this was a new option I wanted to try out. When I went to LONDON…Travelogue I had a platter of this yummy English breakfast, at one of the roadside cafes opposite to the Arsenal stadium. I wanted to relive the moments and decided to make baked beans from scratch.

Many reach for a can of beans but if you have time on your hands like me then, try out my version of Homemade Baked Beans.Instead of Toast try Fried bread toasted in a pan of butter for a change (I have only plain toast). Two eggs cooked to my preference. The runny yolk in the crispy white is how I like it. You may scramble them too.

Baked beans aren’t just for breakfast; they make a great lunch too. This is a healthy recipe with a great depth of flavour due to the cooking of the tomato paste with the onions which smother the beans. You can even make it ahead as it stores well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in fact, the flavour just gets better.

Recipe for Homemade Baked Beans

INGREDIENTS

200g kidney beans, soaked overnight

4 tbsp olive oil

1 medium brown onions, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 tbsp tomato paste

400g homemade tomato puree

½ cup water

1 tsp ground pepper

Salt to taste

2 bay leaves

3 tbsp brown sugar

5 tbsp Tomato ketchup

1 tbsp brown sugar

METHOD

Bring water to boil in a slow cooker, add the drained soaked beans and simmer until soft and mushy.

Drain the beans.

Heat olive oil in a pan, add onions and garlic and cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes, until sweet and translucent.

Add the tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients, salt, brown sugar, the drained cooked beans. The brown sugar enhances the flavour and colour.

Bring to boil, then cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

The beans gravy should be fairly thick so that it can be piled onto the bread without the sauce dripping all over the plate. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve on toast, along with accompaniments of your choice. I am an Ovo-vegetarian and hence include eggs.

These homemade baked beans were great on toast as a quick and easy breakfast, but of course, you could also have bacon, sausages, potato wedges, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms or any fry of your liking. Kids would love these alongside some chips!

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