Do you know that the first apple pie recipe was printed in 1381? Yes, 1381 and it originated in England.
Nowadays, we are enjoying a variety of apple pie like American, Dutch, and French apple pies, and some countries even celebrate “National Apple Pie Day”. That is how famous apple pie is.
You can enjoy apple pie in a crispy pastry shell with of course the apple filling and some added flavor like raisins, cheese, cream, or cinnamon.
If you love apple pies and have a handful of leftovers after that hearty meal, you can always choose to refrigerate it and simply reheat it for the next meal.
Reheat apple pie? Certainly, you can reheat apple pie and still have that crispy shell just like newly baked pies.
Here are the best tips on how to reheat apple pies.
The Best Way to Reheat Apple Pie: In The Oven
No one will argue that the best way to warm any cooked food is through the oven and it is the same with apple pies.
Oven is the best option to use when reheating your apple pie to keep its shell crispy and retain its moist filling inside.
How long will it take to reheat the pie depends on how cold and thick your pie is and using a microwave will take a few minutes.
Here is how to heat apple pie up in the microwave
- Take out the pie from your fridge and set it on a microwaveable container.
- Warm your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place apple pie inside the warmed oven for 20 minutes.
- Check your pie after 20 minutes to see if it is already reheated.
- If it needs reheating for more than 20 minutes, check it every after 5 minutes to see if the crust is not getting burnt.
- Take it out once done reheating and serve with your favorite add on.
Reheating Frozen Apple Pie In The Oven
Frozen apple pies can be thawed before reheating it or you can reheat it the way it is and again, oven is your best option to reheat your apple pie. Here is how.
- Warm up your oven from 300 to 350°F.
- Put the pie on the baking sheet and cover it with an aluminum foil.
- Reheat the pie for 20 minutes.
- Check the pie after 20 minutes to see if it is already good for serving or needs a few minutes more to reheat.
- When done reheating, take the pie from the oven and let it cool for a moment before serving.
The aluminum foil cover will prevent the pie’s crust from getting burnt while reheating it. It also helps in retaining the moisture of your pie while the shell is getting crispier.
Reheating Apple Pie In The Microwave
You could be used to reheating food in the oven or in a microwave but the fastest method to reheat your pie and retain its crispy crust and gelatinous filling is by using a microwave. Here is what to do.
- Slice your pie such that it can sit well in your microwave.
- Set your pie in a microwaveable plate and put it inside the microwave.
- Reheat the pie for at least one minute and check if it still needs longer time to reheat.
- Take out the pie from the microwave and let it sit for another minute before serving.
Reheating A Slice Of Apple Pie
A slice of pie can be easily reheated than a whole pie. So, if you have a big slice that you want to reheat but cannot consume them afterwards, it is best to slice it.
Slicing your pie when you cannot eat the whole also helps to avoid wastage of food. You can always store leftovers on the fridge and just reheat it when you are about to eat it.
Remember that it is not good to reheat food and then later return it in the fridge. Reheat only what you can eat, or the leftovers will be put to waste.
It is practical to use a microwave when reheating slices of apple pie than reheating a slice in the oven, but you can also choose whether you would like to use an oven or a microwave for reheating slices of pie.
You can wrap your slices of pie in an aluminum foil for reheating to prevent crust from getting burnt and for the to retain its moist filling.
Reheating a slice of pie can take a minute or two depending on how thick and cold the pie is. It takes a shorter time to reheat a slice than a whole pie.
Always check the pie when reheating to ensure that you are not overdoing it.
Thawing Apple Pie
Freezing apple pie is a good thing if you want to store it for weeks to a month. When it is kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it prevents bacteria from growing on it and gives it a longer shelf life.
When storing the pie in the freezer just be sure that it is in a container with lid or tightly wrap in plastic or organic food wrap so that other food odor will not sip in while it is stored.
If you do not have plans of reheating and eating the pie in one meal, it is better to slice it before freezing it.
It best to slice the pie if you want to freeze them so you can easily get the slices you need for the next meal.
Wrap individual slices of pie on a food wrap so you can easily get just the slices you need when you want to reheat and eat, or put the slices in one airtight container where you can just get a few slices when needed.
Although you can reheat frozen apple pie, it is best to thaw it before reheating it. Take out the apple pie from your freezer and let it slowly thaw overnight in your fridge if you want to reheat it in the morning.
Frozen pies when reheated tend to have moist crust after reheating. If you let it thaw for some time before reheating it, you can still get that crispy crusted apple pie.
Can you place pie in the oven after cooling?
It is okay to put the cold pie for reheating inside the oven but be sure it is within the right temperature. However, the crust will appear soggy or not very crispy if it was left for some time and has already absorbed some water.
It the crust has become wet you have to reheat or re-bake it in temperature between 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for it to dry and result to crispier crust. You also need to cover the top of the pie with aluminum foil to help it keep moist and unburnt.
How do you prevent pie from becoming soggy?
You can avoid having a soggy or mushy crust apple pie but there is a technique in doing it.
You can do the process called blind baking. This process means you need to bake the crust ahead until its brittle or crusty enough before putting in the filling.
Apple pie fillings are wet and that makes the crust mushy when it absorbed the water from the filling so pre-baking the crust does the technique of firming it and getting it ready for the filling.
Blind baking technique is good to make crispier apple pie crust though it seems like you need to bake it twice.
What is the best apple to use for apple pie?
You need not worry about where to buy the best apples or what kind of apples to buy for your apple pie.
Every apple in the market has the quality to make the best apple pie but if you are after that distinctive taste, you can choose from a variety of apples to have savory apple filling in your apple pie like the Red Delicious, Gala, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Rome, Golden Delicious, McIntosh or Fuji.
What is important about the apples you will use for your apple pie is, it is fresh and firm.
Reheating Apple Pie
We often keep our leftover food in the fridge or even freeze cooked food because we are avoiding wastage of food and also because we want some food ready to be reheated when we do not have much time to cook during morning rush hour.
No one wants to eat refrigerated food and certainly, we cannot eat frozen food, so we need to reheat it and it is the same when eating apple pies.
We want it warm with that gelatinous filling and crispy crust so whether you reheat a slice of pie or the whole pie, whether it is in the oven or a microwave, be sure to do it right and do not overdo it.