Thursday, April 28, 2011
My Maman's Bean Pot~And Easter Snippets~
The lid is sadly missing~:( But this was my mom's bean pot..I've had it for over 37 years..I love it..It makes the best beans:)
We serve QC baked beans w/ our Easter Ham..My daughter was gracious ..and hosted Easter this year..her ham..her dad's recipe..was delicious..she made a new recipe of make ahead mashed potatoes and they were sublime..I brought dessert..hen pie.. and the beans..MY other daughter brought her home made bread and a wonderful spinach and strawberry salad~
I am always happy to make this recipe..as it is from my mom's original Jehane Benoit Cookbook..
Old Fashioned baked Beans~
It's very easy to make..this is my easy abridged version:)
The night before..you soak 4 cups of white beans..I use Thompson's.. let them soak for 12 hrs..in 12 cups of water..
In the morning..simmer them in their soaking liquid until the skin seems to loosen..ap 1 hr..
Have some pieces of bean pork ready and rub the pot with them..
Place the beans and the soaking liquid in your bean pot.. I reserve a bit of the liquid to make the brown sugar mixture..you will see further on..
Place a red onion that you have covered in ap 1 tsp of dry mustard..in the middle of the beans..nestled:)
Mix 2 cups of brown sugar..1 tsp of salt.. 1/2 -1/3 cup of molasses..and some savory..to taste.. mix it in the bean pot gently..
Add several slices of bean pork .. on top..I usually add a few tiny pieces..Make sure the liquid covers the beans..I never have to add liquid during the cooking time and never have to mash a cup of beans to thicken..
Bake for ap.. 6 hrs at 300 F..but check them..And mix every hour..
They were perfect for us..and thicken up overnight too..I then placed them in a crockpot for practicality and brought them over..Ours were thick enough..sweet enough delicious enough.
I amalgamated perhaps 2 of her recipes to get this..
They are so good:)
But of course they are what my memories are made of~
The dessert was Hen Pie..But this time it was Chick Pie..I didn't find a big hen:( But found little ones..
The base is an Oreo cookie crumb crust..the top a rich mousse.. then chocolate dusting ..and chocolate curls..or shavings..then the chicks:)and the added Eggs..etc..
I placed my dish in a nest of straw and glitter ..in a wicker basket..
The recipe is from Ricardo..You can find it here..
The kidlets were so cute.. from age 5 down to 19 months..
My daughter's table was so pretty with her Egg tree and Noah was quite smitten:)
I loved that he was smitten with the pie too:)He is 2..,full of charm.. and full of beans:)