Recipe by TaurusChefNYC
"For the legume fanatic, have this for dessert or as a side. A major bean infusion pour into a nutty crust. WARNING: Soak the beans to release any gassy properties."
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2 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling and cutting out dough
vegetable shortening, chilled
1 1/2 cups
dried great Northern beans, soaked overnight
dry garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
dry navy beans, soaked overnight
dry black beans, soaked overnight
dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight
dry mixed lentils, soaked overnight
dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
dry kidney beans, soaked overnight
cream of tartar
Very strange. Pretty dry. I wonder if the beans were supposed to be cooked after soaking? (its not in the directions)... also, the end result after processing all those beans came to 8 c... way too much for one pie. I think I'll try to cook the other half of the bean-mush and try again... Back again... cooking the stuff just made it lumpy and more solid, but it seems to be a good hamburger substitute. The pie is very good cold with lots of ketchup (sorry, chef)
I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this pie. It was a bit bland, but other than that, the taste was pretty good, albeit reminiscent of refried beans with unusual seasonings. The only unpleasant part about the flavor is the hint of vanilla. I should have followed my instincts and left that out. I did cook the bean mixture before pureeing it, because uncooked/undercooked beans can be toxic and I didn't want to end up poisoning my family. I'm only giving the recipe three stars because of the blandness, fact that the beans really do need to be cooked more thoroughly, and also I really think there's something wrong with the measurements for the crust. I've never seen a pie crust where the amount of fat equaled the amount of flour, so I reduced the amount of butter (COLD) to 1 cup and chilled the shortening for over an hour. Even so, I still ended up with a thin paste rather than a dough. I had to add almost two cups more of flour before I had anything close to a dough. Like the previous reviewer, I noticed that the amount of beans were way too much for a single pie. I only pureed about half of the beans and still had enough for an 11-inch pie. I used the rest of the beans to make chili for dinner. While this was a fun experiment, I doubt that I'll make it again. It was a lot of work and the end result just wasn't enough to justify it.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Super Bean Pie
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 630
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