Freezing apple pie
- sixelagogo Mar 9, 2007 12:19 PM
Any thoughts on what the rules are for freezing apple pie? Should I freeze before baking, or directly after cooled?
I have frozen an apple pie after baking. Wrap very well in plastic then aluminum foil. The most important thing is to defrost it in the refrigerator slowly while wrapped.
I've never tried freezing one after baking, but I'd worry about what it would do to the texture of the crust--doesn't it get less crisp after thawing?
I freeze them before cooking, and they come out fine--defrost in the refrigerator and bake as usual. I also freeze unbaked pie shells.
My mom (a.k.a. The Woman Who Made The Best Pies On Earth) always had a couple of pies in her freezer, waiting to be baked. When we got home from her funeral, I baked her last one (it was cherry) and the whole family sat around and ate every crumb. I can't think of a more fitting way to bless and honor her memory than savoring that pie...
I can't think of better honor either....
My question about freezing unbaked pies is this: does the bottom crust get soggy ever? I remember seeing a recipe that stated that you should transfer the frozen unbaked pie directly to an oven to prevent a soggy bottom- no thaw. has anyone heard of this?
No thaw necessary, and what I do to get a jump on apple pie baking (I just posted about this on another apple thread) was a technique a pastry chef I worked with me years ago used; peel, slice and sugar your apples, add whatever spices and thickening you use, place them into a pie plate, wrap well and freeze. When they're frozen, remove them from the plate, place in a freezer bag, seal and put them back in to the freezer. When ready to bake, remove the apple mass from the freezer, pop them into a crust, top and into the oven. The beauty of this is that after the apples are frozen, they can be stacked in the freezer.
You may have to tent the top crust to prevent over browning, as frozen pies take a bit longer to finish. Any kind of pie plate material is fine with this method, glass, metal, ceramic.
Baked pies will reheat very well also, as Roland points out.
I bake a bunch of pies at the height of the apple season, usually in September. Freeze most of em and we take out one a month throughout the rest of the year, with the last one usually eaten just in time for the next apple season to begin.
When the pies have cooled, wrap them in plastic, and put in large freezer bags. Reheat as you would a frozen pie from the supermarket, just pop into the oven at 400 for 45 minutes or thereabouts. Never had crust problems, the pies always came out piping hot and crisp.
During the fall I make and freeze alot of apple pies for the year. Some I freeze unbaked and some I freeze cooked. I wrap them tightly in waxed paper, then in plastic, tin foil, or bags - whatever I have - just be thorough. Both types come out fine. Bottom crusts are never soggy. (I confess to using Pillsburg refrigerated crusts) Pop both types into oven right from freezer.