Shop-bought baked beans are packed full of sugar and salt, not to mention a whole load of other additives to give them a longer shelf life. Our homemade baked beans have twice the flavour, hardly any salt and no added sugar (only natural maple syrup to give a hint of sweetness).
- 400g tin haricot beans
- 400g tin cannellini beans
- 1 onion
- 1 gammon steak
- 2 400g tins of tomatoes
- 2tbsp tomato ketchup
- 2tbsp barbecue sauce
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 2tbsp Worcester sauce
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
Finely chop the onion and gammon steak and fry lightly in vegetable oil until onion is translucent, using an oven proof casserole dish.
Add all other ingredients and bring to the boil.
Transfer to the oven and cook for 1 hour, 30 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
If you can, let the mixture cool and refrigerate overnight for the flavours to develop, before warming on the hob or microwave and serving.
The gammon gives baked beans the classic smokey flavour. If you're a vegetarian you can leave it out.