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                        Maple Syrup Rum Baked Beans
 Recipe By     : The Canadiana Cookbook/Mme Jehane Benoit/1970
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Maple Syrup                      Beans
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    4      c             dried navy beans
   12      c             cold water
    1      tsp           soda
    1      lb            fat & lean salt pork -- sliced
    1      lg            onion
    1      tsp           dry mustard
    1      c             maple syrup
    1      tbsp          coarse salt
    4                    cored apples -- unpeeled
    1      c             maple or light brown sugar
      1/2  c             butter
      1/2  c             rum -- optional
 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
 Cover the beans with 12 cups cold water. Let soak overnight. In the morning
 pour the whole thing in a large saucepan.  Add 1 tsp soda and more cold
 water to cover the beans if necessary. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then
 boil until some of the skins come off when you blow on the beans.
 Line a bean pot with the sliced pork, then pour in the beans and their
 water. Roll the onion in the dry mustard until all of the mustard sticks to
 it, then bury it in the middle of the beans. Pour the maple syrup and
 coarse salt on top.
 Bake 4-5 hours in your preheated oven. In the last hour of cooking, cover
 the beans with whole apples, placed as close together as possible. Cream
 together the sugar and butter, then spread the mixture on top of the
 apples. This forms a most delicious topping when the beans are baked. Pour
 the rum on top just before serving.
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 NOTES : This is one of my family recipes. I have never seen the apple cover
 in any cookbook, and have no idea where my mother got the idea -- maybe it
 was her own. These are very, very good beans.