Relax, these are obviously middle-class baked beans which involve overnight soaking, an hour and a half in the oven and plenty of extra virgin olive oil.

Baked Beans on Toast

Preparation time: 10 minutes + overnight soaking
Cooking time: 1.5 hours
Skill level: easy
Serves: 2


For the Baked Beans

  • dried pinto beans – enough for 2 (about 150g)
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • sprig of parsley
  • 1 large or several small tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • s & p

For the Toast

  • good bread – 2 slices
  • garlic – 1 clove
  • 2 very ripe tomatoes
  • 2 dried chillies
  • oregano
  • olive oil
  • s & p

Soak your beans in water overnight (with 1 change of water)

Pre-heat the oven to 200c (gas mark 6)

Put the soaked beans, whole garlic bulb, tomato(es) and parsley in a ceramic oven-proof dish. Pour over some water until the beans are covered to a depth of 1cm and then drizzle with olive oil.

Baked Beans on Toast

Cover with tin foil and pierce with 2 small holes to allow some of the steam out.

Put in the oven and bake for an hour and a half.

Baked Beans on Toast

Remove from the oven and discard the parsley. Squeeze the pulp out of the tomato(es) and discard the skin. Squash the garlic with a wooden spoon to squeeze out the juice and then discard.

Season with salt and pepper and mix everything together.

Baked Beans on Toast

Toast some bread. Scrape topside with garlic and then squeeze/rub over the ripe tomato.

Sprinkle with crushed dried chilli and oregano and then drizzle with olive oil.

Season and spoon over the baked beans.

Eat and be happy.

Baked Beans on Toast

Verdict: A great weekend brunch treat. Better than Heinz. Delicious. Experiment with different bean/herb combos.

Drink: A milky k4e.

Entertainment: Test Match Special on 5Live. Tuffers was off to the O2 to see Lady Gaga.


  1. Cheers Richard.. enjoyed the Haricot and tinned tom combi on weekend. I nearly asked for the “Daddys” but thought better of it.

  2. Hi Tony, it’s a pleasure. You, like all our readers, are welcome to stay anytime. We are too middle class for Daddies – we prefer Oxford Sauce.

    Until the next time.


  3. Looks like I’ll bring my own Daddies next time 🙂

  4. I soaked my beans over night, like a good middle-class citizen, however, I did forget to get up in the night and change the water, and further, for some unknown reason I decided to put the soaking beans in the fridge…
    The result (cooked the following day by a Frenchman), was that even after 2 hours cooking they were a bit fluffety in the middle, suggestive of a lack of soakage. I also used coriander instead of parsley because I picked up the wrong bunch in the shop… All in all it was good, especially with the naughty mid-week lunchtime glass of rosé de Provence. I just need to practise my soaking.

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