A bean pie is a sweet custard pie whose filling consists of mashed beans, usually navy bean, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, and spices. Common spices and flavorings include vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Variations can include cloves and ginger.
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredients||Beans (usually navy beans), sugar, butter, milk, and spices|
Bean pies are commonly associated with African American Muslim cuisine, as an alternative to Soul Food, except those containing vanilla extract or imitation vanilla extract, because they contain alcohol. The pies are also associated with the Nation of Islam movement and Elijah Muhammad, who encouraged their consumption instead of certain ingredients associated with soul food.
Members of the community commonly sell bean pies as part of their fundraising efforts.
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- Shula, Mike (18 November 2013). "Bean pie, my brother?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2 April 2015.