I don't think I'll ever make pie again! I love making it this way because it not only looks so, so pretty but it tastes better and is easier too! I have served this to guests a few times now since coming up with this new concept, and they are blown away at how tasty and beautiful it is. You can't compare pudding made from a vanilla bean to anything else, it is just so good. They are really expensive I know. I actually order them on ebay, I know it is strange, but you can get a lot more of them for your dollar!
I started adding in health foods to my pie crust pastry like flax or linseeds, but found that some of them, like the psyllium husks, actually made the crust super flaky! I don't bake a pie without them now, and who can argue with added fiber?!
Give it a try, trust me, your guests will not leave disappointed!