BAKED BEANS FROM SCRATCH
- 2 cups dried Navy beans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 strips bacon
- 2 T butter or margarine
To shorten cooking time, place beans in a large saucepan and soak overnight
in deep cold water. The next morning, do not drain but cook beans in the
soaking cold water. Bring beans to a full boil over high heat; reduce heat
so mixture barely simmers. Simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours.
Drain off all but about a cup of the boiling liquid. Butter a deep round two-quart casserole. Pour beans into casserole dish.Stir in brown sugar, salt and pepper. Lay strips of raw bacon to top of beans. Dot with butter in between bacon strips.Bake at 350 degrees uncovered 1-1/2 to 2 hours until bacon is browned but beans are still moist.