Eeeww Bean Pie??? you say!.... I know huh! I remember when my husband Demetris mentioned Bean Pie to me.....my instant reaction was eewww dude that sounds gross!! being that I am not a big bean lover & for the beans I do eat, I'm rather picky about how they are made. I also do NOT eat Pies such as Sweet Potatoe Pie or Pumpkin Pie. The Bean Pie was ....Born in the Nation of Islam.. a religious black nationalist and social reform movement formed in the 1930's, and led by Elijah Muhammad. Elijah Muhammad wrote a book called "How to Eat to Live" , where he detailed healthy eating guidelines, to improve and prolong life. The Bean Pie is made of Navy Beans, with basic core ingredients, such as sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bakers will add their own touch of flavors such as cloves, ginger and more.
The thought of Bean and Pie put together is hard to digest in ones train of thought, let alone to taste :) Well I am a brave one! I took my first bite nine years ago , with the thought in mind on how quickly I will be spitting this out ..... & of course to my surprise I was overwhelmed by the sweet smooth taste. I learnt that it can be eaten warm, cold or hot... I prefer nice and chilled :)
Now the downside to the bean Pie is that it is NOT mass produced, and you really need to find a reliable producer/baker...... Because its not cool when we are needing that bean Pie Fix and not being able to find it anywhere .... our supplier is a good 35 mins away, so we make that trip worthwhile, to find that sometimes they are closed grrrrr frustrating it is!!..lol ...the other option is to look out for community followers who sell bean pies for fundraising....they are normally dressed in suits :) . I have made my own and definitely need practice :)
I have officially hooked all my kids onto the Bean Pie. serve it with a chilled cup of milk and there you go :)
I have included a recipe, now there is always a disagreement on whats the best and original recipe..... so its completely personal taste I think and most people add their own touch to every recipe... I for one am a culprit to doing this to almost every recipe.
This recipe makes two 9 inch pies.
Nation of Islam Navy Bean Pies
2 cups cooked navy beans (drained canned are fine to use) 4 eggs 1 14oz. can of evaporated milk 1 stick of butter (softened) 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 Tablesppons flour 2 cups sugar 2 Tablespoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 9 inch pie plates with crust. Dot a few holes with the end of sharp knife or fork a few times. In large mixing bowl mash beans with a potato masher, add the butter, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Mix with electric hand mixer until well blended 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla and blend. Pour mixture into the two pie shells and bake about one hour, until golden brown and set.
So go on be Brave try one or make one you will NOT regret it.
For a more in depth cultural history on the Bean Pie I came across this wonderful writer check it out Bean Pie my Brother?