Pinto Bean Pie
Yep, pinto beans.
Ever had it? Heard of it?
A student's mom brought me in some one year. She told me what it was, and I didn't really want to try it, but I couldn't offend and NOT try it either. I took a deep breath and gave it a chance.
Pinto Bean Pie is awesome!
This is the recipe she used. I made it yesterday for some friends, and they loved it, too. It's incredible when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
1 heaping cup of mashed Pinto beans *
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
Unbaked pie shell
* 1 1/2 cup cooked beans equals about 1 cup, mashed.
Blend sugars, eggs and butter until creamy. Add pinto beans and blend well. Pour into 9 inch unbaked shell. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
Yeah, bean pies are really good; usually made with either navy beans or red beans, though. As far as I know, the bean pie was invented by a Black Muslim baker as a variation on the sweet-potato/pumpkin/etc vegetable pie tradition in the US, and although originally popularized by muslim bakeries, they caught on more generally and are standard fare and church picnics, BBQs, family get-to-gethers, etc, in various parts of the US. I can speak for Oakland, at least. The ones I've seen are usually a bit more spiced than the recipe you give above -- nutmeg and/or clove and/or cinnamon, if not chocolate, coconut, what have you.
Here's my bean pie recipe, as I make it in Paris.
1 vanilla bean
200 ml milk
150 g sugar
200 g butter
3 eggs, well beaten
50 cl well-cooked red beans
Split the vanilla bean, scrape the seeds out, and put that all in a sauce pan with themilk and sugar. Bring to a simmer, stir well, remove from heat and let cool for 5 min, then stir in the butter. In the meantime, mash the beans. Strain the vanilla pod from the milk, add a healthy pinch of nutmeg, pour into the beans. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in a shot or two of rum. Pour into a pie shell and bake at thermostat 5 until browned and done.
And I serve it with crème fraîche, of course!
Whoops, sorry about that. cl = centilitre, so 50 cl is one-half of a litre. Also, thermostat 5 = 150 C = 300 F. My oven is very small, though, so I get radiant heat from the top as well. In a large oven, I'd do somewhere around 300-350 F.
Let me know how it comes out and what you think!