Wash the beans and then soak in 4 cups of water for 8 hours.
Put the beans and the water they were soaked in into a pot. Bring to a boil on high heat, uncovered. Once boiling, lower the heat to low and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Put the beans in a colander and drain. Add the beans and the 3 cups of water to a pressure cooker and turn the heat to high. Once pressurized, lower the heat to low and cook for 4 more minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit until the pressure is released.
Mash about 2 ladles of beans through a strainer and then return to the pot. Add sugar and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring and mashing the beans, for 10 minutes. Lastly, add the salt and give it a quick stir. All done.
Or in a chilled pudding Recipe ID: 1204700.
Or toss the beans into bread dough and bake loaves Recipe ID: 870629
Story Behind this Recipe
My mother used to love simmered red beans.
These mashed sweet red beans are simmered until they're so soft that they're about to fall apart. If straining the beans through a strainer is too much work, you can mash them in the pot, which also creates a sticky texture.