When I attended a summer social last month in Asheville, I received a little recipe book with recipes for Musselman’s Apple Butter. Apple Butter. Honestly, I had never used apple butter in recipes, so I was intrigued.
Flipping through the recipe book, I saw a photo and recipe for Apple Butter Bake Beans. As luck would have it, I have been wanting a good recipe for making homemade baked beans. It must have been meant for me to try. So I did.
The recipe was easy to follow. The only ingredients that I didn’t have on hand at the time were minced dried onion and the apple butter. Oh, and I didn’t have the beans. Silly me. Can’t have baked beans without the beans, can you?
I made my shopping list and headed to the store. When I returned I got to work making the tangy dish. It was so easy. In fact, there are only three – just three – steps for making them as you will see in the recipe below.
Combine apple butter, honey, ketchup, water, onion, salt, and cayenne.
Add northern, black, and red or pinto beans.
Bake at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
I thought that they tasted good. One thing would have made it better. Only one little thing. Bacon. That is just my opinion.