It wasn’t until college that I learned you could buy baked beans. Like, in a can.
My mom had always made ours, so I just naively thought that baked beans were one of those foods you just had to make to partake of. I guess those college years bring enlightenment in a number of ways.
This recipe for Yankee Baked Beans is a long-time family favorite. I have tried (and tried and TRIED) to photograph the end result. I just don’t think baked beans are a very photography friendly food. Tasty, but maybe not all that pretty. So, instead, I have my mom’s original recipe for you to see.
Don’t you love it? It’s definitely been put to good use over the years. Who knows how long ago or what magazine that mom of mine snatched it from.
I love going through my mom’s recipe box. It’s like a little bit of culinary personal history being able to see her handwriting through the years and what recipes she’s collected from magazines and friends along the way.
Back to baked beans: these are GOOD — plain and simple.
They aren’t a lot of work and the taste is so. much. better. than just dumping something out of a can. Oh, and since the baking time is in the HOURS, your house ends up smelling amazing. I sure hope barbecue is a smell they have in heaven.
You can print out the original by clicking on it, or there’s a printer friendly version HERE.