No Fail Navy Bean Pie


Bean pies date back to the 1930s, when the founder of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, told his followers to avoid pork and unhealthy starches like corn bread and sweet potatoes and follow a healthful diet, with a focus on navy beans. Muslims created the bean pie in part as a healthier substitute for the sweet potato pie.

In the “Bean Pie, My Brother documentary”  it talks about how Muhammad Ali’s main cook created the pie. Then Jabir Muhammad began selling in his bakery to great acclaim. Before long, the pie became inextricably associated with the Nation, which sold them to raise funds, sold out of iconic pink boxes on street corners by men in those familiar bow ties. When Nation members began opening restaurants, bean pies became a menu staple. Young men, especially those who could find no other employment, began selling the pie and the group’s newspaper on the streets. Many male members of the Nation have at one point or another sold the pies, almost like a rite of passage.

Bean pie is considered a cross-cultural creation. Extremely popular with the African-American Muslims, as well as Southerners.  Bean pie can now be found at Kwanza festivals, Black History Month related festivals, Martin Luther King Day festivals, reggae festivals, jazz festivals, and the like.

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Ingredients                                                                                  Bake at 450°  for 15 mins.
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Bake at 35° for 35 mins.

~1 deep-dish prepared pie crusts

~1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained (Great Northern Beans or any white beans are
a wonderful substitute).

~1 (6 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

~1/4 cup butter, melted

~1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

~1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

~1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

~1 1/4 cups white sugar

~2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

~2 eggs

~2 egg yolks


~  Add all the ingredients together and blend for 1 min. until the mixture is smooth.

This is seriously the fastest pie to put together, especially if you buy a premade pie crust. Look at the critiques before you eliminate this pie from your repertoire.



About Tammy

Blogging was not around the first 30 years of my life. Back in the old days, blogging review about something. Usually the person writing this review was a professional in their field. Since than blogging has changed how we share and learn information. Today bloggers are not necessarily professionals. They are usually ordinary people which want to share what they were impressed by or that have changed their lives. With trepidation I consulted my friends about being a blogger. Their first question was invariably, why? At first, I could not articulate why. Finally, I realize it was three events that happened to me within a month that led me to create this project. Please indulge me, and follow my train of thought as I attempt to connect the dots.create your own world. We've created a set of roleplaying First, over the summer I participated in a role play site. Within this site, there are hundreds of plots you can write for. Once you choose a plot you create a character profile. Then with other writers you collaborate on a storyline that supports the plot. I love this process. Not only did my writing improve, but fills a void I have when I’m not writing. Unfortunately, the story lines never last long enough and I’m left wanting more to write. Secondly, my husband believes we live on this vast farm. Through the years he has cultivate an enormous dwarf orchard which provides not only enough produce for us but also for ALL our neighbors, friends and family. The reality is we live on a normal size lot in the middle of a city. Nevertheless, we pick buckets and buckets of pears, cherries, apples, kiwis, plums and figs. Sadly, when I make pies from our abundance the only people around to eat it….is us. We honestly do not need the extra calories so I considered not baking any more pies. Than this project developed where I could share my pies. Thirdly, for the 3rd or 4th time I’ve watched the movie “Julie and Julia”. I have always marvel at how Julie makes herself this challenge of cooking every recipe (524 to be exact) from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking." cook book all in one year. No matter her obstacles she preservers. For years I have secretly admired Julie. I’ve often wish I had the courage to do what she did. So because I don’t have enough to do in my life. Why not start a blog about something? After bouncing what seem like a million ideas I came up with this crazy project. A blog about pies. Tammy’s Pie Lab Sigh…… so my blog is about pies, pies and more pies. Here are my plans. I have picked the most unusually dessert pies I can find. As you can see this is not just a blog but also an experiment. I am going to cook one pie every week for a year. I have eight pie tasters that will critique each pie. To prevent any preconceived notions of how the pie should taste. I will withhold the pie’s name until after it is critique. Then I will post the history, the recipe, and the critiques of the pie. In addition, there will be some experiments, countless websites to explore and everything you wanted to know about pies and more.
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