Maple Baked Beans and Brown Bread
Spring in Nova Scotia when the world starts to come alive and the sap starts to flow in the trees. This is the time that the bounty of maple sap is harvested and made into Maple Syrup. So it is only logical that I bake some maple beans and brown bread.
A Glorious Mistake
To create the maple beans, soak the beans overnight, drain and then proceeded to boil them until they were tender, then in an oven safe pot, added 1 cup of maple syrup, one onion, 1/4 lb of salt pork, and chicken stock until they were just covered. Baked in a 250 degree oven for 4 to 5 hours.
While the beans were baking, I decided to make a traditional oatmeal brown bread, but 1/2 way in I ran out of molasses, so I added 1/2 cup of maple syrup. The result was fantastic and a hearty brown bread with a slight maple flavor was born.
Here's what you need:
8 Cups of flour
1 cup of luke warm water
2 cups of hot water
1 cup of rolled oats
1 tablespoon of salt
2 tablespoons of yeast
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup
In 1 cup of luke warm water add yeast, mix and let double in volume
Add 2 cups of hot water to oats, salt, molasses, maple syrup, stir and let cool to room temperature.
Add yeast and then flour 1 cup at a time until all flour is incorporated.
Then kneed on counter top for 5 to 7 minutes.
Place in greased bowl, flip so that top is greased as well, then cover and let double in size in a warm place.
Remove from bowl, punch down and half.
Place each half in a greased bread pan, cover and let rise again.
Once bread has risen, put in a 350 degree oven for 60 to 80 minutes, until you can tap bottom or loaf and it sounds hollow.
Let cool and serve.