Homemade baked beans from scratch

 

Making homemade baked beans from scratch is absolutely worth the effort. Try my recipe for a stunningly colourful and flavoursome weekend brunch. I promise, you will never want to go back to the shop-bought variety of baked beans again!

Homemade baked beans
Homemade baked beans (using butter beans)

Vegetarian homemade baked beans from scratch

A beautiful vegetarian recipe for homemade baked beans. Your efforts will be rewarded with the rich taste of the tomato sauce, balanced with the wonderfully textured beans.

Homemade baked beans ingredients

  • 180g dried white beans, such as butter, haricot or cannellini (you can use a mix of beans)
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 100g white onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 200g passata (use passata maker if using fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 75g red wine vinegar
  • 250g water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A few sprigs of thyme (optional)

How to make baked beans from scratch

Day 1

  1. Cover the white beans in cold water and soak overnight.

Day 2

  1. After the beans have soaked overnight, drain them and put them in a large saucepan. Cover them with plenty water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour until the beans are just tender. Top up with more boiling water if required.
  2. Drain the beans and set aside.
  3. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and stir for a few minutes until the onion is softened.
  5. Add the passata, tomato purée, smoked paprika, vinegar and water and bring to the boil.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and add the thyme if using.
  7. Add the beans, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for an hour or so until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Serve while hot with freshly baked bread or homemade potato farls.

 

Irish Potato Farls Bread Recipe

 

Weekends are my time for experimenting with food and this morning I was looking to Northern Ireland for inspiration. Visiting Belfast last year and stopping by at St. George’s Market, there was a huge variety of potato farls on offer and I’ve been a fan ever since. Irish potato farls are simple ‘breads’ made from potatoes, flour, butter and salt. Try my potato farls bread recipe for a simple and comforting treat.

Potato farls bread
Potato farls – a Sunday morning treat

“The word farl literally means ‘fourths’: they are shaped from a circle of dough cut into quarters.” The Guardian

Potato Farls Bread Recipe

A simple recipe, success guaranteed. Have the potato breads with your cooked weekend breakfast or simply with butter.

Potato farl bread
Potato farl bread – I left the skins on the potatoes before mashing them, works perfectly

Potato Farls Ingredients

  • 1 kg floury potatoes
  • 50g butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 190g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Fresh thyme leaves (optional)

How To Make Potato Farls

Day 1

  1. The day/evening before you plan to make the potato farls, cook the potatoes and mash them with a potato ricer or regular potato masher.
  2. Add the butter and season to taste.
  3. Leave to cool, cover and place in the fridge overnight.

Day 2

  1. On the day of making the potato farls, add the flour (and thyme if using) to the mashed potatoes until well combined and smooth.
  2. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide in half.
  3. On a floured work surface (to prevent sticking), flatten the dough into a round shape. You can do this with your hands or with a rolling pin. The round should be approximately 5mm thick.
  4. Cut each circle into quarters.
  5. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat until hot.
  6. Add the potato farls in batches (use a dough scraper if they stick to the surface), and fry for four to five minutes on each side, or until golden-brown on both sides. I don’t use extra butter to do this.
  7. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Irish potato farls can turn your breakfast into something extra special but if you are looking for other breakfast options, take a look at these: