Learn how to make the humble British beans on toast in easy steps. Are you looking for a quick and easy yet comforting meal, look no further as you've come to the right place.
This recipe or should I say a guide to making the best British beans on toast is perfect for those lazy nights or when you are too tired to cook but still want a hot meal. Not only is it quick to make but it is easy enough that even your children can make it themselves supervised.
British baked beans on toast
Baked beans is a popular breakfast dish in the United Kingdom. It's a required component of a full English breakfast spread. So, what exactly is "beans on toast" well it is a humble dish of warmed baked beans served over well-toasted bread. It is great to eat any time of the day, It is delicious and perfect in every way, it is loved by both kids and grown-ups alike. It can be prepared quickly and requires little effort, a classic recipe that you will never get tired of eating.
Baked beans is usually heated in a saucepan and served on toast. In some cases, they are cooked in a microwave or baked in the oven.
You only need 2 basic ingredients, a can of Heinz baked beans and toast bread. That said, Heinz Beanz used to be the only proper baked beans but now, as far as I'm concerned, all generic supermarkets do great baked beans. You can't really go wrong regardless of which one you pick.
If you are in the US or any other country then you should only look out for Heinz Beanz in the store as that is the only deal that would cut it.
A small saucepan or a microwaveable bowl
toaster or oven to toast the bread
Tinned baked beans (Be sure to choose your favorite brand)
Toasted sliced bread: preferably thick-sliced white bread
Butter: this is optional however, the butter does add more flavor to the dish.
How to make British beans on toast
Cook the baked beans: place a small saucepan over medium-low heat, open the can of beans, and empty it into the saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer for about 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally to stop it from burning. Also, make sure not to let it boil.
Toast bread slices in a toaster for about 5 minutes or until browned on both sides to your liking. Alternatively, toast the sliced bread in the oven for a crispier and more delicious result. Spread some butter on one side of the toast once done.
Add the beans on top of the toast. serve immediately and enjoy
Empty the baked beans into a microwaveable bowl, place a microwavable lid on the bowl, or use cling film (poke holes in the cling film to release the steam). Cook on high for about 1 ½-2 minutes Depending on the power of your microwave, or according to the tin instructions.
Toast your bread in a toaster until browned to your liking. Apply some butter on one side of each toast once done, add the baked beans on top of the toast. Serve immediately
Serve your baked beans on toast with a twist
Wondering what other ways to serve baked beans on toast, here are a few ideas and inspirations. You can jazz up the good humble beans with toast with the following
Grated cheese: parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, or mozzarella cheese
Fried eggs: poached eggs, sunny side up, over easy or fried eggs
Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the beans when heating it up
Make curried baked beans: simply add mild curry, a pinch of nutmeg, onion powder, stir to combine, heat it up and serve.
How to store leftovers
If you do happen to have any beans leftover, transfer it into an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-5 days
Is baked beans on toast healthy
Yes, it is healthy if eaten in moderation, a 100g serving is about 93 calories and ½ a can provides one of your five daily fruits and vegetables. For a healthier option, you can buy low-sugar baked beans.
What kind of beans do the British eat on toast
Cooked canned navy beans also known as haricot beans. Although while it is not baked, it is labeled "baked beans". the beans are cooked in a rich tomato sauce with sugar and spices. While the most popular brand is Heinz, there are many other brands sold in the UK, I particularly like the Aldi brand (not sponsored).
When was baked beans introduced in Britain
The year 1886 by H.J Heinz Company, and it was first sold at the Fortnum & Mason department store in London.
Do I need to toast the bread
Yes, it is important to toast the bread, this will stop the beans from getting the bread soggy. You can choose to use different pieces of bread like white bread, brown bread, sourdough, etc...
Can you eat baked beans cold
Yes, you can eat baked beans straight from the tin, however, they taste so much better when you warm it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Can I freeze baked beans
Yes, you can freeze baked beans in the freezer for up to 6 months. Make sure to not freeze it directly in the can. You will have to transfer the content into an airtight container or a strong freezer bag.
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British Beans On Toast (Baked Beans With Toast)
- 1 tinned baked beans
- 4 sliced bread preferably thick-sliced white bread
- Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat, open the can of beans, and empty it into the saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer for about 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally to stop it from burning. Do not let the beans come to a full boil.
- Toast bread slices in a toaster for about 5 minutes or until browned on both sides to your liking. Spread some butter on one side of the toast once done.
- Add the beans on top of the toast. serve immediately and enjoy
- Empty the baked beans into a microwaveable bowl, place a microwavable lid on the bowl, or use cling film (poke holes in the cling film to release the steam). Cook on high for about 1 ½-2 minutes Depending on the power of your microwave, or according to the tin instructions.
- Toast your bread in a toaster until browned to your liking. Apply some butter on one side of each toast once done, add the baked beans on top of the toast. Serve immediately
James W says
I love how easy this recipe was to follow. Its quick to make on those days when you are running late for work .Thank you