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Canadian Baked Beans

1 tablespoon oil
4 slices bacon -- sliced
1 large onion -- chopped
1/2 green pepper -- chopped
5 cups white pea beans -- soaked and cooked OR 5 cups canned white pea beans -- drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup, dark corn syrup or molasses

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bacon, onion and green pepper and cook until onions and pepper begin to soften.

Transfer mixture into a 5-6 quart (6L) casserole or bean pot. Add beans and mix. Combine tomato paste, salt, sugar and syrup or molasses and stir into bean mixture. Bake covered at 350F (150C) for about 1 hour or until heated throughout. Add water if necessary to give desired consistency. If more color is desired, remove cover from casserole during last 15-20 minutes of baking.

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