Home Baked Beans and Sweet Potato Wedges

Once you’ve devoured the sweet flavours of these home baked beans, you’ll forget all about the ready-made tinned variety. They are complete polar opposites; the Belgravia and Brixton of baked beans no less! 🙂

This dish is perfect for serving up at the weekend, either at lunch or supper time. Make a big batch and freeze in portions for up to three months. I serve mine alongside sweet potato wedges, but fresh crusty bread or toast works really well too.

See instructions below for sweet potato wedges.

Serves 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 2 hours

2 x 400g (13 oz) tins borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
1 x 400g (13 oz) tin black eyed beans, drained and rinsed
4 small garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 red onions, finely chopped
450ml (¾ pint) vegetable stock
500g passata (sieved tomatoes)
2 tbsp grape molasses* (or black treacle)
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and ground black pepper

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1. Put all the ingredients in a flameproof casserole (or large lidded saucepan) with a little salt and pepper. Cover and bring slowly to the boil.

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2. Bake in a preheated oven, 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3, for 1½ hours. Remove the lid and bake for a further 30 minutes until the sauce is syrupy. Serve with warm crusty bread or with sweet potato wedges.

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Once out of the oven, it bubbles like volcanic lava!

baked23Sweet Potato Wedges (2 potatoes = 4 servings) – With a large, sharp knife, cut the potato into chunky wedges and parboil for 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle a baking tray with a little vegetable oil and evenly spread the potato wedges. Season with salt, pepper and paprika (optional) and a little more vegetable oil. Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes. Serve immediately

baked15* Grape molasses (also known as petimezi in Greece or pekmez in Turkey) is an ancient food made with reduced grape. It is thought to be one of the first sweeteners before cane sugar and honey were introduced in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.

Grape molasses has more nutritional value than honey. It is rich in calcium and potassium and a great source of energy. Besides having a big effect on bone development for children, it also has curative effects on anaemia, asthenia (abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy) and debility.

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