French Canadian (Not Boston) Baked Beans
- 1 pound small white pea beans
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 to 2 cup pure maple syrup, plus more if desired
- 1/3 pound salt pork
Pour the beans onto a plate, and pick-over looking for bad beans, or stones. Place beans in bowl, cover with water by at least 2 inches, and soak overnight.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Drain beans and place in 4-quart bean pot. Add onion, dry mustard, pepper, salt, and maple syrup. Add water to cover. Cut salt pork into 1-inch pieces and place on top of beans. Bake covered, approximately 8 hours. Check each hour to see if water needs to be added. You can add more maple syrup in place of water for flavor, if desired.
Note: If all the water evaporates, you end up with bean bullets.
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Recipe courtesy of Paul Mayotte