Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Classic Bean Pie


There is no food that represents revolutionary Black culture in America like the bean pie. Black Muslims across the country make this pie, whether NOI or Sunni. Because the FOI have sold these pies on urban street corners for decades, it has become a hood delicacy. Most people turn their nose up at it, until they try it. And to answer the often asked question- yes, there are really beans in bean pie (smile).

Very few people know that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad himself came up with the recipe for this pie. He was an exceptionally good cook. In the book "Dear Holy Apostle" by Betty Muhammad, there is a story about bean soup that was made by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad with beef, molasses and other ingredients. She said it was the best bean soup she ever had. Before he created the bean pie, the Nation of Islam sold Pumpkin pie.



Ingredients:
~2 cups of cooked NAVY beans
~1 stick of butter (organic if possible)
~2 tbsp whole wheat flour
~2 cups sugar or brown sugar
~1 can of evaporated milk or approx. 1 & 3/4 cups heavy cream (organic if possible)
~2 tbsp Vanilla
~1 tsp Cinnamon
~1 tsp Nutmeg
~4 eggs (cage free, organic if possible)
~Pie crust (this recipe makes 2-3 pies)
*Some people also add a few drops of lemon extract (completely optional)

Throw all of the ingredients except eggs in a large capacity blender. Blend well. Taste and adjust spices if needed. Add eggs. Blend well again. If the mix can not fit into your blender, then blend as much as possible then finish mixing it in a bowl. Pour into a pie crust. Place pie crust on a foil lined cookie sheet to avoid spills. Bake at approximately 350 for 50-60 minutes. Leftover pie mix can be frozen and used later.


There are many common variations for bean pies. Some are better than others. These are most of the ones I know of. I like some a lot, others not as much, but feel free to try them out.

~ I use much larger amounts of spices than what this recipe calls for (usually 2-3 tbsp total). Experiment. You can use ginger, cloves, allspice, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice etc. instead of or in addition to the basic cinnamon/nutmeg. Work with it until you have your own signature blend- then guard it with your life (smile).
~You can replace the beans for an equal amount of steamed carrots or butternut squash. The carrot tastes more like a sweet potato pie. The squash tastes more like pumpkin pie. Both are very good.
~You can add cocoa powder to the mix to create a chocolate bean pie
~Some people will add about 1 cup of fruit such as strawberries to make strawberry bean pie, blueberry bean pie, etc.
~Vanilla bean ice cream and/or whipped cream go very well on top of bean pie.
~You can use a graham cracker crust.
~You can top it off with cream cheese frosting for an extra sweet treat.
~You can drizzle the pie with melted caramel

Warning: Bean pie is basically a custard pie. Never try to serve it warmed up. It will melt.


If you are still too scared to make a beanpie (lame!!!), you can buy one (including VEGAN pies) from a good friend of mines. Proceeds go to a great cause.

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33 comments:

  1. Asa Thank u I am so happy now because I am gonna surprise my wife with all three pies bean carrot and squash lol

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    1. WAS! That's what I'm talking about lol! I should email this post to my husband and see what happens rotflol.

      I actually like carrot and squash pies even more than bean pies! I'm sure all of your pies will be fantastic!

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  2. i will forward this to my dh as well hes been experimenting with making his 1st bean pie

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    1. Insha'Allah it will come out great. It's super easy!

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    2. hi i was wondering if there was to do a private message i know it sounds weird bit it is not what it sounds i am a young woman living in jacksonville and i am dating a muslim who i dearly love but we have some things we go through that i just cant shake or take i really need advice woman to woman :(
      p.s i love your recipes i just found you today on youtube i hope to try them out soon i love bean pies so worth the 5 and 10$ i spend

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    3. Hi. You can reach me at authorangelafreeman@gmail.com for simple questions. It sounds as though you may be in need of a consultation which can be scheduled here: http://www.authorangelafreeman.com/products.html Although I will be unavailable for the next couple of weeks. I'd be glad to help. Hope to hear from you soon!

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  3. ASA! Much gratitude for posting up cooking videos that are more meaningful to our bodies. After watching your video on how to make a Bean Pie I quickly subscribed to your videos and I was in for a treat after I subscribed when I saw other videos on how to make other delicious foods. I was wondering if you ever thought about making a video on how to make a Carrot Pie. I started to become a huge fan of Carrot Pie as well as being a huge fan of Bean Pies and Cheese Pies. Once again thank you for the videos and knowledge on how we as Black people can eat and live a long fruitful life without eating the Pork and other unhealthy foods into our bodies.

    Peace!

    Craig

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    1. WAS Bro. Craig!

      APDTA! Thank you! I hadn't thought about it because it is so similar to the bean pie, but I certainly can. It won't last but a day or two tops in this house though. I like squash and carrot pies even more than beanpies. :D

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  4. ASA, Thanks for the video. As you have stated there are many ways to make bean pie. Here are a few things that I have changed over the years. Sometimes I use pure lemon extract instead of vanilla and sometimes I use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.

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    1. WAS! I have used lemon along with the vanilla. I liked it as long as it wasn't overdone. I have used apple pie or pumpkin pie spice when I ran out of individual spices. The only thing I don't like is when people use nutmeg only for a seasoning. I like more complex flavors. :)

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  5. ASA - you listed a link above for someone who wants to purchase a bean pie, but the link doesn't work. Can you repost the link?

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    1. WAS Yes ma'am. Looks like the site is down but here is a way to contact her https://www.facebook.com/imani.muhammad/info on

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    2. Shukran, I will friend her on FB, Insha-Allah. I plan to venture out and bake one myself. I am a super fan of bean pies; can't live without a GOOD pie! I was ordering from a Sister name Nadine in Boston, MA, but her and hubby closed down shop.

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    3. You're welcome! She is a really good sister and the proceeds go to fund her homeschooling group. The beanpie with cream cheese frosting is extra good if you are feeling adventurous!

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  6. She hasn't friend me yet, so I am going to try to bake one on my own this weekend. One question - do you use canned navy beans or fresh? Will canned navy beans be okay as well?

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    1. Yes ma'am, she doesn't get on FB much. I have never used canned beans. If you do try it, be sure they don't contain any salt.

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  7. Insha-Allah, I will go to Super Walmart and see if they have fresh navy beans; they should. As I said, I am addicted to a good bean pie. Just ate the last slice that I had shipped from Boston. So I need to make my own; save money too! Thanks for your recipe! I'll let you know how I made out with it soon.

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    1. You're welcome! It's super easy and you can play with different spices until you have your own custom recipe! Guard it with your life lol.

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  8. What about northern beans? I have so many bags of northern beans from local pantries.

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    1. We don't eat great northern beans so I'm not sure.

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  9. Hi there hun, I came across your YouTube video last week. I made two of these with Great Northern Beans and I used Coconut Sugar opposed to Brown or white sugar -- and let me tell you what. This is so delicious! So much better than the Bean Pies I purchase -- LOVE IT!

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  10. ASA sister this wonderful presentation !!! BTW what is model of the blender you used? I have a blender but it's small.

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    1. WAS! Thank you sister. I'm not sure. It's a very cheap blender I got at Big Lots years ago when my other one went out. These links are to large blenders. You can probably find some cheaper if you catch them on sale though :)

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Oster-14-Speed-Party-Jar-Blender/20605737

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-50251-10-Speed-Blender-and-Chopper/21897253

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  11. Ok so I have tried 2 batches of bean pie (I now have 3 left in my fridge) ummm not the bean pie I am use to. It's not bad but not the bean pie I know. How do some pies come out broen on top and custard on bottom? Mine seems a little too many spices. I slimed it down and still no go and the top of the pie didn't brown all the way. Talked to other sisters (no help! All said they could never make the pie) just curious if you could send some help.

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    1. The original beanpie is much different than the ones that are produced by the Final Call. They guard that recipe so I'm not sure how to create that.

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  12. This is me again..is there such thing as blending too muuch? I am using the Montel williams blender/food processor? I will check back soon..will create a profile

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    1. I don't think so. I've never had it affect my pies.

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    2. Ok..Thank you! My mother is stopping by tomorrow I will get her take on it. Navy bean soup is the next try it looks wonderful! Thank you again..

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  13. As Salaam Alaikum ma'am. How many tea spoons of lemon extract should be used?

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    1. Walaikum salaam. Very little. It can be overpowering. I never measure it out but I would say no more than 1/4 tsp... probably less. Otherwise it will taste way too lemony. There should just be a hint of lemon in the background to bring out the other spices. :)

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