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. http://www.multiculturalfamilia.com/2011/07/04/bean-pie-my-brother-2/
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 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.