Sometimes, baking for an event takes a bit of planning ahead. Here’s a look at how to freeze a homemade pie in advance—and how to bake it later.
Can You Freeze Pie?
Yes! You can absolutely freeze a pie to enjoy later. However, it’s important to know what types of pies freeze well and which pies should be enjoyed within a few days (or immediately after baking) and stored in the refrigerator.
Pies That Don’t Freeze Well
Most custard-, mousse- and cream-based pies typically do not freeze well because the contents separate after thawing. That can create a soggy mess. Instead, these tasty pies can be eaten right away or safely stored in the refrigerator for about four days.
How to Freeze a Pie
Follow these simple steps to make your labor of love ready for another day.
Step 1: Assemble
Put together the pie as if you were going to bake it in the oven.
Step 2: Wrap
Place the unbaked pie in the freezer, uncovered, until slightly firm, which will only take about 2-3 hours. Remove the pie from the freezer. Tightly wrap the frozen pie in 2 or 3 layers of plastic wrap, or enough for all sides to be completely covered. Then, place in a large freezer bag and seal it shut.
Step 3: Freeze
Return the wrapped pie to the freezer. For a fresh-tasting dessert, freeze the pie no longer than 2 months.
Editor’s Tip: Don’t forget to label the pie with a date and description!
How to Bake and Serve a Frozen Pie
It’s finally time to enjoy the pie you’ve been (im)patiently waiting to demolish!
Step 1: Prep
Remove the pie from the freezer. Carefully brush off any ice crystals if there are any. Brush the crust with egg wash. (To make egg wash, mix one cracked egg with 1/4 cup water.
Editor’s Tip: Do not thaw the pie, as this will result in a soggy crust and watery filling.
Step 2: Bake
Preheat the oven to the recipe’s specified temperature. Bake as instructed, adding at least 40 minutes to the normal baking time.
Step 3: Enjoy
Carefully remove the pie from the oven. To check if your pie is fully baked, insert a knife about 2 inches deep in the center, remove and carefully feel the temperature of the knife with your finger. Once it’s warm, your pie is ready to cut, serve and enjoy!
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