Sunday, 11 September 2011

Tasty weekend Brunch: Homestyle Baked Beans & Baked Eggs

After seeing a post for home made baked beans and enjoying the same at a Paddington cafe recently I was keen to give it a try myself.  With only the memory of the flavours I enjoyed I embarked on the task sans recipe.  Thankfully the final result is not only delicious but extremely forgiving. Had to do a bit of substitution but that's the great thing about this weekend brunch, it can help clear out your fridge for your next shop.  I have since found some recipes with ketchup and vinegar - these would be great if you used dry beans rather than tinned.  I think a pressure cooker would also be a quick way to prepare these

Here is my attempt:

Homestyle Baked Beans


  • 2 tins canellini beans (pinto is traditional for baked beans, but you could easily add red kidney or mix your favourites) - rinsed in cold water
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes (I let this one reduce alot so needed the extra tomatoes)
  • 3 tblsp tomato paste
  • 3 green (spring onions)
  • 2 green banana chillis (finely diced capsicums could be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked chicken (any smoky meat of course bacon would be the favourite) 
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tblsp raw sugar
  • Water
  • Bay leaf
  • Smoked paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, coriander or basil leaves)


  1. Saute onions and chillis in olive oil till translucent. Add bay leaves (according to taste) then smoked chicken/bacon to brown;
  2. Add tomato paste and stir through before adding tomatoes;
  3. Reduce the sauce until it thickens;
  4. Add the rinsed beans and top with water if needed;
  5. Add raw sugar at final stages of cooking, simmer for a further 5 mins;
  6. Add seasoning (black pepper, paprika and salt to taste);
  7. Take off the heat and add fresh herbs


Baked Eggs

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

This part is very easy!

In an oven proof dish or several small terracotta bowls/ramekins for individual servings - fill the bottom with your bean mix. Work quickly from here - this bit is optional - add thin slices of mozarella over the top then crack 4 eggs (for single dish) or one egg per individual dish. Place in hot oven. It should be done in about 25 mins but check according to your oven - you may like runny eggs, if not remove from oven once egg whites are cooked through.  Remove from oven, season with pepper and fresh herbs.

Enjoy with crusty bread, turkish or sourdough etc - whatever suits your fancy!!  Enjoy!



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Hey thanks!