February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate African American contributions to our society.
One delicious way to kick off this month is with a bean pie which was made a part of soul food culture by the Nation of Islam.
From the San Francisco Gate:
Bean pie has been around since at least 1930 with the emergence of the Nation of Islam. The late leader Elijah Muhammad wanted to help the young economically disadvantaged African American men drawn to the religion so among the lifestyle changes he recommended was to refrain from eating more than once a day because the food they traditionally ate (such as fried foods) was unhealthy.
If you are interested in trying to bake your own bean pies to celebrate this month the recipe is not difficult.
From Karim’s Bean Pies
A Bean Pie Recipe
2 cups Navy Beans (cooked)
1 14 oz. can evaporated milk
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 T. Flour
2 cups Sugar
2 T. Vanilla
Cook beans until soft. Preheat oven. to 350 degrees.
In electric blender, blend beans, butter, milk, eggs, nutmeg and flour about 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into pie shells. Bake about one hour. until golden brown. Makes 2 or 3 Bean Pies.
Tip: 5 minutes after removing pies from oven, cover with plastic wrap that clings.