This is a traditional Muslim bean pie that most people have never had and even more have never made. Made with navy beans, it is surprisingly a wonderful dessert. Once you've had it, you'll love making it. There are only a few recipes for this pie and it took me years of tweaking other recipes to come up with one that actually makes an edible bean pie. This recipe you can trust to make an awesome dessert.

Imam Qadriyyah S. Mabel-Doroth
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place pie crusts into 9-inch pie dishes.

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  • In a food processor, place the navy beans, evaporated milk, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and egg yolks; pulse the mixture a few times, then process until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crusts.

  • Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown, an additional 35 minutes. Cool before slicing. Eat warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

539 calories; 22 g total fat; 95 mg cholesterol; 585 mg sodium. 75.2 g carbohydrates; 11.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
Great taste. I used soy milk instead of the evaporated milk and changed the 2 1/2 cups sugar to 2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup pear butter because I thought that the sugar amount was more than I wanted to deal with! The amount of filling was enough for 2 pies rather than one with a top crust! I baked the pies at 350 for 1 hr. 10 mins. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2013
I am not sure what I was really expecting taste-wise but this was not a very good tasting dish at all. The texture is heavy and dense the flavor far too bean-y. Won't make it again. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
Great taste. I used soy milk instead of the evaporated milk and changed the 2 1/2 cups sugar to 2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup pear butter because I thought that the sugar amount was more than I wanted to deal with! The amount of filling was enough for 2 pies rather than one with a top crust! I baked the pies at 350 for 1 hr. 10 mins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2011
Great taste. I used soy milk instead of the evaporated milk and changed the 2 1/2 cups sugar to 2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup pear butter because I thought that the sugar amount was more than I wanted to deal with! The amount of filling was enough for 2 pies rather than one with a top crust! I baked the pies at 350 for 1 hr. 10 mins. Read More
(99)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2011
thank u for this receipe..i always wanted this bean pie receipe for long time...its so easy and it so yummy..i ate this pie with whip cream topping and its turn so yummy for desert.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2013
I grew up eating and loving bean pies so it's great to finally have a recipe. I followed the advice of other reviewers and cut the sugar to 2 cups instead of 2 1/2. I didn't have a food processor so I put the ingredients in a blender instead. The tops of both of my pie crusts burned a little bit so when I try this again I think I will follow the advice of a couple other reviewers and bake at 350 for an 1:10. My pies didn't have the deep dark color that I was expecting (they were light tan). However the taste was still good. The secret I found was letting the pies refrigerate overnight. By the next day their color had deepened AND the flavors seemed even richer and tastier than they'd been the day before. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! It's definitely going to become a regular in my house! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2014
Nice pie. Not to be nit-picky but this is a traditional African-American muslim bean pie. I would substitute a homemade crust for the ready-made crust to keep with the tradition and roots of this dish. An additional of brown sugar with the white sugar would result in a richer darker color and taste. Additionally make sure to use a vanilla extract that does not contain alcohol! Well done. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
This was my first time attempting to make a bean pie and it went very well! I made a few adjustments to the recipe as written. I used 1 cup of white sugar and 1.5 cups of dark brown. I only used a half teaspoon of nutmeg. I used 3 teaspoons of vanilla rather than 2. I used 3 eggs and 2 yolks rather than 2 eggs and 2 yolks.I used a blender rather than a food processor. I baked on 350 the entire time rather than switching temps. The recipe makes 2 pies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2011
Fantastic! And very easy! I will make this for Ramadan this year. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2011
I've always wanted to make Bean Pies for my family and your recipe made it possible. It was quick and easy. However I didn't use as much sugar the 2nd time I made them but they came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2011
these pies came out wonderfully! i substituted the white sugar for brown and it still came out great:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2014
Delicious!! I have made this about 10 times now. My husband loves them. I actually use 3 cans of beans now and increse all the other ingredients accordingly because I like my pie crust to be full to the brim. I then also have to ccok it a little longer. We use to get bean pies in the city of Baltimore but we now live an hour away so I was looking to try to make my own and this recipe is perfect. People think a "bean pie" does not sound like it would be good and are always pleasanytly surprised when they try it. I usually say it is similar to a sweet potato pie. If you like sweet potato pie you will probably like this recipe. Great with a little whipped cream or cool whip. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2013
I am not sure what I was really expecting taste-wise but this was not a very good tasting dish at all. The texture is heavy and dense the flavor far too bean-y. Won't make it again. Read More
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