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Bean pie

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Bean pie
A selection of bean pies
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredients

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, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and lemon extract.

Bean pies are now commonly associated with African American Muslims' cuisine as an alternative to soul foods, except those containing vanilla extract or imitation vanilla extract as they contain alcohol.[1] The pies are also specifically associated with the Nation of Islam movement and Elijah Muhammad, who encouraged their consumption instead of certain ingredients associated with soul food.[2]

Members of the community commonly sell bean pies as part of their fundraising efforts. The bean pie was allegedly introduced by Wallace Fard Muhammad, who was a restaurateur in the 1910s and 1920s prior to founding the Nation of Islam in 1930.[2] However, in 1884 a recipe for bean pie was published in the New Kentucky Home Cook Book, contributed by Lucy Keith and compiled by the ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Maysville, Kentucky.[3] According to her obituary, "she was a typical daughter of the old South, noted for her kindness and charity and was a life long member of the M.E. Church, South."[4]

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  1. ^ "No Fail Bean Pie Recipe". Allrecipes. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Anastopoulo, Rossi (November 13, 2018). "The Radical Pie That Fueled a Nation". Taste. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  3. ^ New Kentucky Home Cook Book. Nashville, Tennessee: Southern Methodist Publishing House. 1884. p. 228.
  4. ^ "Mrs. Lucy M. Keith". The Public Ledger. February 4, 1918.