I’m proud of myself. In 2014, I’ve really cut down on my Starbucks habit. I drop by maybe once per week, which is a huge improvement over my previously daily habit. Okay, maybe twice per week. Okay, okay – occasionally three times.
But still! I’m doing better.
Every good baked beans recipe has both an element of heat and of sweet. This, my very favorite vegetarian baked beans recipe, has healthy doses of each. There’s no need for the salt pork or bacon found in many traditional baked beans recipes – these pack a huge punch of flavor just they way they are. (How Bridget-Jones-esque!)
The beans (I start with dried pinto beans) are first cooked simply – with onion, bay leaf and black peppercorns. Then the cooked beans are placed in the Crock Pot for some nice low-and-slow action, infusing every last bite with the rich sauce made with pure maple syrup and the spicy kick of everyone’s beloved Sriracha.