Please don't get me wrong with this post's title. I'm actually not a bossy person--more of a nudger. But not with this. This is way too good not to share. So good in fact that I insist you try it. And what is "it"? A super duper easy 50-minute pie wonder...so perfect for summer entertaining (I do realize that summer is half over but I wanted to give your swim-suit diet a fighting chance). It'll make you understand the saying "easy as pie", which, incidentally, is a phrase I previously questioned because in my pie-making experience, making a good pie was actually pretty challenging.
I found this recipe last November courtesy of the Washington Post Magazine's holiday pie contest. All the winning pies looked like, well, winners but this pie--the mixed-berry custard--went straight to the top of my pile of clipped recipes to try. Maybe because old man winter was around the corner and the lure of a berry pie was too much to take, I'm not sure. But after I made the pie, I made it again, and again, and again. And then 4 more times. So trust me when I say it's the kind of recipe you should just scribble on a post-it and stick inside a cupboard door, which is exactly where I keep my copy. Are there more fantastic pie recipes out there? Yes and I hope to get to those. But this one is so quick, with ingredients you can always keep on hand, and yet turns out a pie so satisfyingly Dee.Lish. that I sometimes wonder if I really need bother.
If you must go-Martha on it, knock yourself out by using a homemade crust. But really? Remember, it's summer. So just keep a couple of Marie Callendar deep dish frozen crusts in your freezer, along with a few bags of your favorite fruit, and breathe easy knowing you can always say "I'll bring dessert" without running to the store. Now go make it (nudge, nudge).