I really cannot believe how we are halfway through 2014. I mean, it`s going to be the 4th of July in a few weeks! I totally have a pie for you to make for the celebration. 😉
I love eating pies. Yet, I`ve never made a berry pie. I make a lot, and I mean, a lot of apple pies. Never, berry pies. Well, except these raspberry banana nutella hand pies eons ago. It was one of those really simple recipes, so I used raspberry jam, instead of fresh fruits.
My family, for some odd reason, likes to buy a lot of stuff in bulk. Especially when there`s a sale. Well, there was a sale on strawberries, so my parents bought 4lbs of strawberries. FOUR!! I was so excited to bake with all of them. But, they`re in season and so juicy, we kept eating them as snacks! I was afraid I wouldn`t have enough to make this pie, but then my dad came home with 4 more pounds of strawberries…haha!
I love custard. I love strawberries and raspberries. So, when I ran across a berry custard pie recipe, I was completely smitten with the idea. And, rightfully so. This pie was wonderful. The pastry crust was amazing. A side note: I suck at making pie crust and rolling them out…so please don`t judge my terrible pie crust skills. I`m sure you can do better. 😉 There`s two layers to this pie: the custard layer and the berry filling. Everything blends together to form a delicious pie.
As you can see from the picture above,you`ll spot the custard peeking out from underneath the strawberry and raspberry filling. It`s a beautiful pie, right?! Especially, if you can roll a pie crust correctly and make a pretty lattice to top everything off! Even if you`re like me, and do not possess any pie crust skills whatsoever, the pie will still look pretty.
This pie does require an extra step, compared to your other fruit pies, since you have to also make the custard. Don`t fear, custard isn`t hard to make! Plus, the red berry filling takes like 2 minutes to make.
You can eat this pie warm, but I prefer it to be chilled, so the berry filling doesn`t go all over the place. (See picture below for reference. Haha.) The pie holds up much better after it`s been chilled in the fridge, or at least, completely cooled.