Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 167KCAL

These cheesy-in-the-middle bakes taste so good, you’ll never need to pop to the bakery again! So quick and easy, you can easily work them into your meal plan as a grab-and-go breakfast or snack, or as a hearty dinner (they’re scrummy with Homemade Oven Chips!). You’ll get 6 cheesy, bean-filled bakes from one crispy, golden, budget-friendly batch – that's enough to impress the whole family!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories167
  • Carbs22g
  • Protein8.9g
  • Fat4.3g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars2.2g

The ingredients for Pinch of Nom's Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are laid out on a countertop. Alongside baked beans and sandwich thins there is an egg and a small block of reduced-fat Cheddar cheese.

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

These Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are far better for you and your budget than a trip to the bakery, without compromising on crispy deliciousness. You won’t find any full-fat pastry here; we’ve used a humble pack of Warbortun’s sandwich thins to create the ‘pastry’ parcels that hold our heavenly filling.

If you can’t find Warburton’s thins, supermarket own-brand versions will work just as well. Crisp them up in your oven, or your air fryer, until they’re an irresistible golden brown (and the cheesy bean filling is piping hot and melted).

You’ll seal the filling inside by crimping the edges of your thins shut with a fork. You can have a batch of 6 bakes rustled up in 10 minutes, and don’t worry if you’ve got leftovers – they’ll keep in the fridge for a couple of days, or freeze like a dream until you’re ready for them.

If you love this recipe, you need to try our Steak Bakes or our Chicken Curry Bakes next!

What diets are these Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes suitable for?

These Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are suitable for vegetarian diets.

They can be made dairy-free and gluten-free, as long as you swap out the reduced-fat mature Cheddar cheese for a dairy-free alternative, and use gluten-free sandwich thins. 

Just be sure to adjust the calories accordingly, if you’re keeping track! Remember to triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes?

You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make this really simple recipe. We used soft sliced sandwich thins made by Warburton’s, but some supermarkets have own-brand versions. You should spot them in the bakery aisle.

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A pastry brush is perfect for coating your thins with beaten egg.

You’ll want to pick up baked beans with no added sugar.

How many calories are in these Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes?

These Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are 167 calories per portion, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes is perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

Split the sandwich thins in half and lay out on a chopping board. Divide the cheese between 6 sandwich thin halves, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.

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Step 3

Divide the baked beans between the 6 sandwich thin halves, placing them on top of the cheese and leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.

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Step 4

Brush beaten egg around the edge and place one of the remaining sandwich thin halves on top of the filling. Press the centre of the lid down gently with a flat hand, then press around the edges to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal well. Repeat until you’ve made 6 bakes.

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Step 5

Place the bakes on the lined baking tray and brush all over with the remaining egg. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Step 6

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. You can serve these hot or cold, but we prefer them served hot. Serve alone, with a mixed salad or other accompaniment of your choice.

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A close-up image of one of Pinch of Nom's Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes where the cheesy bean filling is spilling out from the middle – a small pot of ketchup waits to the side to be dipped.

What could I serve with Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes?

Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are scrumptious as a standalone snack. You can turn them into a light lunch or dinner with a fresh mixed side salad, or make them even heartier with a crispy portion of chips.

Any of these side dish ideas would be delicious:

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How do you know when Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are cooked?

You should cook these Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes until golden brown. This will take around 10 minutes in the oven.

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes in the fridge?

Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes are delicious hot or cold! Once you’ve put them out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes in the fridge for 1-2 days. 

Can I freeze Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes?

Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with the name of the recipe and the date you’re freezing it.

How do I reheat Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes?

You can enjoy Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes cold, if you’d like to! To reheat from chilled, pop them in the oven for 5-10 minutes until piping hot throughout at 180°C.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the oven at 180°C for about 5-10 minutes, until piping hot throughout.

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Cheesy Baked Bean Bakes

The whole family is going to love these scrummy, cheesy-in-the-middle bakes! We've swapped out pastry for crispy oven-baked sandwich thins.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 167
  • Carbs 22G

Ingredients

  • 6 soft sliced white or brown sandwich thins
  • 60 g reduced-fat mature Cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 200 g tin of 'no added sugar' baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 medium egg beaten

large baking tray

non-stick baking paper

cooling rack

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  2. Split the sandwich thins in half and lay out on a chopping board. Divide the cheese between 6 sandwich thin halves, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.
  3. Divide the baked beans between the 6 sandwich thin halves, placing them on top of the cheese and leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.
  4. Brush beaten egg around the edge and place one of the remaining sandwich thin halves on top of the filling. Press the centre of the lid down gently with a flat hand, then press around the edges to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal well. Repeat until you've made 6 bakes.
  5. Place the bakes on the lined baking tray and brush all over with the remaining egg. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. You can serve these hot or cold, but we prefer them served hot. Serve alone, with a mixed salad or other accompaniment of your choice.

Recipe notes

Tip: Leave the bakes on a cooling rack rather than on the baking tray, otherwise the bases may become soggy.
Tip: Grate the cheese as finely as you can – it’ll make it go further!

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Kate brownThursday 21st March 2024

Can you make the cheesy baked bean bakes in the air fryer? My oven is currently broken lol

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    HollyMonday 25th March 2024

    Hey Kate, yes you could cook the bakes in the air-fryer, we have a handy conversion guide HERE which you may find helpful!

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