I almost titled these ‘Proper Baked Beans’, but then I realized that would be doing a great disservice to Heinz beans, which definitely have a place in my heart, and the hearts of many. However, homemade baked beans are a different thing altogether, being far more substantial, and full of vegetables, which makes them a healthier choice. Traditionally Boston baked beans are slow-cooked with a piece of bacon, which imparts a smoky flavour. Here, I’ve used smoked paprika and a little chipotle paste to provide that smokiness.
© Prue Leith and Peta Leith, 2019. Images:© David Loftus, 2019.