Baked beans with maple syrup (slow cooker)
Production: 8 – 1 pint Jars
Preparation: 30 Minutes
Rest time: 12 Hours
Cooking: 8 Hours
Dockyard menu or simply a economic but supporting meal for the family, baked beans have been present on the tables of Quebec for generations.
Despite their apparent and quite real simplicity, baked beans are an excellent meal with the generous protein from the beans. Molasses and maple syrup provide several important minerals, onions and tomato paste add vitamins and many nutrients.
Anyway, it is mostly for their unique flavor that we love them. As a main dish, with slices of toasted bread, or served with eggs or grilled meats, baked beans are always popular on the table.
Our baked beans are prepared in a large crock pot but you can also choose to bake them in the oven (traditional method) at 300F (180C) and the results will be equally interesting.
We use “navy” beans but small white beans will do just as well in this recipe.
The only “luxury” in our recipe is the maple syrup. It adds a really unique and very pleasant taste. If you want to reduce your production costs to a minimum, replace the maple syrup with 1 cup of golden brown sugar.
Navy dry beans – [2 lbs.] (908 g.)
Water – [6 cups] (1,5 L.)
Maple syrup – [3/4 cup] (190 ml.)
Molasses – [1/2 cup] (125 ml.)
Tomato paste (5.5 oz/163 ml can) – 
Salt pork bits – [1/2 lbs.] (225 g.)
Onions – 
Dijon mustard – [2 tablespoons] (30 ml.)
Salt – [1 teaspoon] (5 ml.)
Freshly ground black pepper – [1 teaspoon] (5 ml.)
1- In a large bowl, cover the dry beans with water and soak for 12 hours at room temperature.
2- Discard the soaking water, rinse and drain beans.
3- Pour the beans into the slow cooker.
4- Coarsely chop the onions and add to the beans.
5- Cut the bacon and add in the cooker.
6- In a large bowl, add all other ingredients and mix well.
7- Pour contents of bowl into the slow cooker and cover.
8- Start cooking at high power for 1 hour.
9- Reduce the minimum power and simmer without stirring for 7 hours.
10- Turn off slow cooker and let stand 2 hours to obtain a perfect sauce. But if you want to eat right away, they are already tasty.