This hearty meal fueled us for the miles of walking we did each day and kept us satisfied through to supper. Each day we walked past St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (above photo) located near our hotel to the train station just behind the building.
A traditional full English breakfast, among the most internationally recognized British dishes, is usually served for breakfast but many cafés and pubs offer the meal at any time of day. It usually includes bacon, sausages, fried, poached or scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, toast with butter, and baked beans along with a beverage such as coffee or tea.
No recipe is required for the typical foods that makes up a traditional English Breakfast. If you’d prefer to make homemade baked beans instead of using canned, I think you will like my favorite recipe for homemade baked beans. Use either dried navy or Lima beans.
Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
Preparation Time takes about 4 hours not including soaking time.
1 pound dried Lima or Navy beans
1/8 tsp. baking soda
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp. minced garlic (refrigerated kind works fine) (optional)
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup Ketchup
2 T. prepared yellow mustard or honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 slices of lean bacon – cut into 1″ pieces
Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 6-8 cups cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Rinse and sort beans. In a large pot add 8 cups hot water and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to rapid boil, boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.
Directions for Cooking the beans after soaking:
Add 6 cups hot water, bay leaves, and garlic to drained and rinsed beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Drain the beans and discard the bay leaves.
In a 2-quart baking dish or covered casserole, combine the syrup, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the drained beans and stir together. Lay the bacon pieces over top of beans. Cover and bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 40 more minutes. Stir bacon into beans before serving.
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