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Recipes from the Past

Olden-time Baked Beans with Pork & Molasses

Newfoundland Recipes-Baked Beans1-www.saltjunk.comMakes 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups navy beans (or white beans)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 med onion (sm chopped)
  • 4 slices salt pork (3”L x ½ thick)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup molasses


Wash beans thoroughly and soak in water for one hour – drain and place in a large saucepan. Add water, onions, salt pork and molasses. Season to taste. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Stir occasionally.  Cook until tender.

Transfer beans to a roasting pan or casserole dish.  Bake uncovered at 350F for 3 hours. If beans become dry, add a cup of water. Serve piping hot with fresh baked bread or toutons.


  • The ratio to beans and water is 1-3

just show it to the pan – you don’t need to fry the food much


Annie Felix’s Boiled Raisin Cake

I have known Mrs. Mathilda Felix (Annie as we called her) all my life, as a matter of fact; I spent most of my childhood days playing at her house. Ever since I remember, I have not seen this beautiful lady either get angry or even utter a cuss word. It seemed to me, that she was always cooking and always eager to make a meal for any visitor who entered her house. She was caring, considerate, compassionate and very respectful. Annie passed away November 2nd 2010, yet her legacy lives on through her wonderful children and still continues through her amazing recipes. The recipe below was given to me by her daughter Meline Felix-Foley.

Boiled Raisin Cake

Makes 1 cake


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 cups water (hot)
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


In a large saucepan, med heat, add butter, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, hot water, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Bring ingredients to a boil (boil for approx 3 minutes). Remove from heat, place in a large mixing bowl and let cool to room temperature. Add baking soda and stir mixture until frothy. Add flour and mix well. Place in a well-greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake at 275ºF for 50-60 minutes. This delicious raisin cake can be eaten warm or cold. Serve with fresh homemade cream or a hard-rum sauce.