Nyberg: New Haven mother begins bean pie business


Mubarakah Ibrahim has filled a void in her micro-food business.

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., this now longtime New Haven mother craved bean pie, but she couldn’t find it here.

So, she made it herself.

Because everybody she shared it with loved it, she built her MMM Pie! and gourmet desserts business around it.

This African-American soul food sweet custard-like dessert, which tastes like pumpkin pie, is now in 12 stores in Connecticut.

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“Bean pie is one of the, what we call in the African-American community, freedom food. So, it’s one of the few things that is from the African-American community that was born completely out of culinary ingenuity. Creating a bean pie from what was the navy bean that’s considered a healthier version of sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie,” she explained.

“I hope in five years that we’ll have our own manufacturing facility so that we will be able to give the community members jobs helping to develop the project and we can have some type of nationwide distribution,” Ibrahim added.

To date, about 100 pies are going out into the state every week.

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