BEAN AND MAPLE SYRUP PIE

BEAN AND MAPLE SYRUP PIE

1 cup well cooked white pea beans
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup raisins
OR
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry pie shell
OR
18 unbaked tart shells
Pecan halves (optional)

Purée beans in food processor or blender with maple syrup until smooth. Add eggs, sugar and butter and mix just until well blended. Sprinkle raisins or chopped pecans in bottom of pie or tart shells. Pour filling on top of raisins. Garnish with pecan halves if desired. Bake pie in a 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) oven for 35-40 minutes or tarts for 20 minutes or until set in center. Cool. Serve at room temperature plain or with whipped or ice cream.

Makes 1 pie or 18 tarts.