This recipe for old fashioned Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans is made from scratch and cooks up in under 20 minutes.
Old Fashioned Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans
I am a purist when it comes to baked beans. It’s got to be beans, bacon and molasses in a tomatoey sauce–did I mention bacon? Yup, I did.
They’re definitely a must-have for any picnic, party or potluck. Besides, there’s nothing like the rich taste of a side of baked beans with hot dogs, ribs, brats or grilled chicken.
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But I have to draw the line when it comes to canned baked beans. For me, it’s got to be made from scratch or nothing.
So what makes this baked bean recipe different? The secret is in using an old-time favorite: blackstrap molasses.
Blackstrap molasses is the result in the second part of processing molasses. It offers just the right amount of sweetness, along with smoky overtones that is reminiscent of Boston Baked Beans.
And, for this midwest version, I also add another “very secret” ingredient: a touch of real Wisconsin Maple Syrup.
Did You Know? The Difference Between Blackstrap Molasses and Black Treacle
Blackstrap molasses differs from treacle in that treacle is made up of part molasses and part refinery sugar, while blackstrap molasses is the second result from the processing of sugar cane. Some folks say black treacle can stand head to head with blackstrap molasses for taste, and they might be right. But as for substituting molasses for treacle and vise versa, it’s always best to follow each recipe’s recommendation.
Now most baked bean recipes take hours to make in a slow cooker or in the oven. But, you might be surprised that this recipe doesn’t take hours to make. In fact, it takes about 25 minutes from start to finish to make–all on the stovetop.
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Don’t worry, you won’t sacrifice anything doing it my way. What you will experience is that all the ingredients meld together seamlessness, quickly and easily, to make the most scrumptious molasses baked beans ever!
Start with two cans of cannellini beans, tomato paste, a can of diced tomatoes, blackstrap molasses, a touch of maple syrup, bacon, onion and salt in a large sauce pan. Stir well and cook at a rolling simmer for about 20 minutes.
You’ll find that these baked beans taste way better than canned pork and beans and are just the right side dish when grilling, having a picnic or potluck. Enjoy!
Blackstrap Molasses Baked Beans
- 24 oz cannellini beans
- 2/3 cup blackstrap molasses
- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes canned
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 cup onions chopped
- 3 slices bacon chopped
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
In a large sauce pot, start out by frying the bacon and onion together.
After about 3 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients and cook at a rolling simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and serve hot. Enjoy!