These traditional Boston baked beans are flavored with three sweeteners: maple syrup, brown sugar and molasses. This dish can be prepared in advance and reheated, but the beans will thicken with time. Add a little water to the casserole dish while reheating.

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 180 min

Total time: 195 min

Boston Baked Great Northern Beans
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 6 servings


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and lightly grease 2-quart casserole dish with olive oil.

  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent. Gently stir in drained beans and set aside.

  3. Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, dry mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in small bowl with fork.

  4. Layer half of bean-onion mixture into casserole and top with half of syrup mixture. Repeat.

  5. Add enough of reserved bean cooking liquid to cover beans.

  6. Cover and bake until beans are softened and flavors have infused, about 3 hours.

  7. Remove lid and bake until some liquid absorbs and desired consistency is reached.