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Dec 20, 2006 06:39 PM

How far in advance can I make......

I'm going to be too swamped on christmas eve to bake for christmas as i normally do. how far in advance can i make:

apple pie
cream puff shells

I'd love to do them all on Saturday.

please keep in mind that freezing the cookies or the shells is not an freezer space! Thanks so much.

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  1. I'd say the cookies will be just fine in an airtight container, ditto for the apple pie - you might want to reheat it before serving. For the cream puff shells, just make sure they're fully baked first go-round, because if they're not, they'll be kind of soggy. I did the puff shells a week ahead of time for my last party and froze them. They were fine once I re-crisped them in the oven before assembling. I'd say they'll be fine for a couple of days at room temp.

    1. I find with cookies it depends on the recipe. If they're crisp and shortbready, they'll last a week or more. If they're soft, they'll get hard in a day or two.

      The apple pie you'll be fine. For the cream puff shells, I might pipe the dough onto a baking sheet and then freeze until the day of.

      1. eLizard, Cookies are bulletproof, and you can bake them 4-5 days in advance.

        cream puff shells can be baked and chilled, but you must make sure that are very dry before you pull them from the oven. I would try to store in in a refrigerator in zip-bags. I would suggest that you don't fill them more than 3-4 hours before you need them or they will get soft and you lose the texture. Pastry cream can be made the day before, but make sure you place saran on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.

        Apple pies get soggy, and the fruit weeps if baked more than 16 hours before service. I would suggest that you blind bake the crust, and prep the filling and then bake them the night before.