Baked Beans

Subject: Food
Matt says: Just like the real thing, only better. Perfect with a baked potato with grated cheese on top. Great on toast, especially with home-baked bread (see recipe)

Makes 20 servings. Just like the real thing only tastier!

  • 1 kg (2 x 500g packs) cans haricot or white beans


  • 7 cups water
  • 1 heaped tablespoon vegetable stock powder
  • 6-10 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • Small tin of tomato puree (tomato paste concentrate)
  • Can of chopped tomatoes or equivalent of home-made tomato sauce
  • 4 heaped tablespons of brown sugar
  • 5 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Thickener (Mix cornflour and water in a jug, add at the end and simmer for 5 mins):

  • 2 heaped tablespons cornflour
  • 1 cup water


Soak 1kg beans in a big bowl of water overnight, then drain.
Place beans in a large pot of water.. Bring to boil then simmer gently for 1 – 1.5 hrs. Drain.

To cook:

  1. Put sauce ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked beans and simmer gently for 20 mins.
  3. Mix cornflour with water, stir and add to pot.
  4. Stir gently and simmer for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.

Serve on toast or with baked potato. Good for 3-6 months in freezer.

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