Thursday, March 10, 2016

Toll House Baked Beans (1948)

  • 1/2 lb salt pork
  • 1 pint pea beans
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 1 tbspn molasses
  • 1 1/2 tspns sugar
  • 1 tspn dry mustard
  • 1/2 tbspn salt
  • 3 small onions
  • 1 cup hot water
Pick over and wash 1 pint pea beans.  Cover with cold water and soak overnight.  In the morning, drain, cover with fresh water,, heat slowly, and simmer until skins burst.  Drain.
Scald rind of 1/2 pound of salt pork.  Scrape off a piece and put in bottom of bean pot.  Cut through rind of remaining pork at 1/2-inch intervals, making cuts 1-inch deep.  

Turn beans into pot, filling only 3/4 full, and bury section of pork in them, leaving rind exposed. Mix molasses, sugar, dry mustard, salt, and tomatoes with 1 cup hot water.  Pour over beans, then bury 3 small onions in bean pot.  

If beans are not covered with liquid, add boiling water.  Cover bean pot, and bake in moderate oven, 275 degrees, for 6 to 8 hours.  Uncover during last hour so that rind may become brown and crisp.  

Watch cooking and add water as needed.  Tomatoes may be omitted, and 2 1/2 cups water used instead.  Serves 12.

(Origin - "Toll House Tried and True Recipes" by Ruth Graves Wakefield, 1948.  Author Ruth Graves Wakefield was owner of the famed Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts.)

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