Maple Baked Beans
|Dried pea beans||1 Pound|
|Baking soda||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Water||6 Cup (96 tbs)|
|Bacon slices||8 , crisp-cooked, crumbled|
|Firmly packed brown sugar||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Maple flavored syrup||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Instant minced onion||2 Teaspoon|
|Worcestershire sauce||2 Teaspoon|
|Ground cinnamon||1 Teaspoon|
|Apples||2 , cored, sliced|
1 Sort and rinse beans.
2 In a deep 4-quart casserole with lid, combine beans and 2 quarts water.
3 Stir in baking soda. Cover and let stand overnight.
4 Drain and rinse beans.
5 Return beans to the casserole.
6 Add 6 cups water and salt.
7 Cover and microwave at 100% (HIGH) for 18 to 20 minutes or until boiling. Stir.
8 Cover and microwave at 30% (MEDIUM LOW) for 60 to 70 minutes or until beans are tender; stir every 20 minutes.
9 Drain, reserving the liquid.
10 Stir bacon, brown sugar, maple-flavored syrup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and cinnamon into the beans.
11 Add 1 cup reserved cooking liquid; reserve remaining liquid. Cover.
12 Microwave at 30% (MEDIUM LOW) for 80 to 90 minutes or until beans are very tender and flavors blend; stir every 20 minutes.
13 Add more reserved cooking liquid, if necessary.
14 Top with a ring of apple slices. Cover.
15 Microwave at 30% (MEDIUM LOW) for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are tender; give dish a half turn after 10 minutes.
16 Serve hot.