Best Way To Reheat Apple Pie

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Nothing beats a warm apple pie, does it? It warms not only your body but your soul. Whether it’s served alone, with cream, or ice cream, it’s a dish we all enjoy warm. But what do we do with the leftover apple pie?

While eating it cold is an option, it never tastes the same as a warm apple pie, does it? This is why many of us opt to reheat our apple pie, desperately trying to recreate the warm, fresh out of the oven treat we all crave. But what is the best way to reheat apple pie?

Thankfully, that’s where we come in! We have found the best way to reheat your apple pie: the oven!

Keep reading for all the details on how to reheat your apple pie and enjoy it warm! 

Reheating Apple Pie: In the Oven 

Out of all the methods, we tried, using the oven proved to be the best. The result is a warm apple pie crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, there is one snag; it can take a little while.

Compared to other options, such as the microwave, the oven can be time-consuming. But trust us when we say they taste is worth the time! 

So how do you reheat your apple pie in the oven? You can follow these simple steps for a delicious warm helping of apple pie!

  1. Remove the apple pie from the refrigerator. 
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit; we recommend allowing the oven to heat for roughly 5 minutes, depending on its size.
  3. Place the apple pie in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on how long it takes for the pie to warm through. 
  4. Do not leave the pie in the oven long enough to bake again, just so that it is warm throughout. 
  5. Check on the pie, making sure that the crust has not begun to burn. 
  6. Once warmed through, take the pie out of the oven and serve as usual. Why not treat yourself and add a dollop of cream or a scoop of your favorite ice cream?

And there you have it, the perfect way to reheat your apple pie! The method works best with a pie that has been left at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

But as you know, that’s not the only way apple pie is kept, is it? Keep reading for how to reheat frozen or slices of apple pie! 

Reheating Frozen Apple Pie in the oven 

For those of you who have frozen your apple pie and saved it for a rainy day, rejoice! You, too, can use the oven to warm your apple pie and have a delicious dessert to brighten up a dreary Tuesday! 

The oven still reigns supreme when it comes to reheating your frozen apple pie, with minimal effort required from yourself, just some basic thawing! What kind of witchcraft is this? Keep reading to find out how your apple pie can go from frozen to warm and delicious in minutes! 

As with the oven method we mentioned earlier, using the oven to warm frozen apple pie can be time-consuming, but it is the best way to ensure a delicious taste and a thoroughly defrosted pie. No one wants to bite into a still frozen part of the pie, do they?

Use the following steps to reheat your frozen apple pie in the oven: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Remove the apple pie from the freezer and place it on a baking sheet. 
  3. Cover the pie lightly with some aluminum foil.
  4. Place the pie into the oven for roughly 15-20 minutes. Some ovens bake faster than others, so use your judgment here and check the pie to ensure it doesn’t burn. 
  5. Once the pie is warmed through, take it out of the oven. Leave it to cool slightly before serving with your preferred accompaniment. We are all about adding ice cream here! 

The frozen method is slightly different from refrigerated apple pie. We add a foil covering to stop the crust from burning while the center of your pie is still heating up. The foil also helps the pie to stay moist inside and crispy on the outside, the perfect combination!

As we mentioned earlier, a frozen apple pie is best to be thawed before going into the oven for reheating. Not sure how to thaw your frozen apple pie? Never fear; we are going to cover thawing apple pie now!

Thawing Apple Pie 

Thawing your apple pie will ensure that your apple pie tastes delicious when it’s warmed through in the oven! But we need to be careful when doing this, as bacteria grows rapidly on food between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit. 

So how should you thaw your frozen apple pie? It is best to leave it in your refrigerator overnight. While you can place your frozen pie in the oven straight away, the pie crust can become soggy while it cooks.

This is due to the pie defrosting, releasing water while it is also subjected to heat. The refrigerator allows the pie to slowly thaw without compromising on the quality or safety of the pie. It’s best to leave the pie overnight in the refrigerator to thaw thoroughly. 

You can also use the microwave to thaw the pie or leave it out at room temperature, but there is the risk of bacteria growth which can cause food poisoning at times. If you ask us, it’s not worth the risk! 

Reheating a Slice of Apple Pie

 When it comes to reheating food, it’s worth remembering that food should only be reheated once to avoid food poisoning or a drop in the food quality. Ideally, food should be cooked through, stored correctly, and reheated once before it’s destined for the bin. 

When it comes to apple pie, the leftovers will have been stored in the refrigerator or freezer for the next time you want to enjoy a warm dessert. But when it comes to reheating the pie, it’s often not reheating the entire pie, just to enjoy one or two slices. 

In these cases, why not cut the pie and reheat the number of slices you intend to eat there and then. You can then leave the rest of the pie in the refrigerator or freezer until you want your next helping of apple pie. 

While slicing a cold apple pie is easy, cutting into a frozen apple pie is nothing short of mission impossible! In these cases, it’s best to slice the pie before you freeze it. That way, you can remove the slices easily to enjoy when the apple pie craving hits!

When storing slices of apple pie in the freezer, cover them with some aluminum foil to protect them from freezer burn and ice particles, ruining the texture of your favorite pie!

So how should we reheat a slice of apple pie? Generally, the oven is still the best option for reheating your slice of apple pie. To ensure it remains moist on the inside, though, cover the slice with some foil. The foil will keep the outside crispy and the inside moist and soft.

A slice of apple pie is going to warm through quicker than the whole pie. Be sure to keep checking on the slice and take it out within 15 minutes to enjoy a warm slice of apple pie! 

You can also use a microwave to warm a slice of apple pie. In these cases, it will need a shorter amount of time to warm through. We recommend checking on the slice every 30 seconds until it has warmed all the way through. 

Reheating Apple Pie in the Microwave 

While the oven is the best method to reheat your apple pie, we have mentioned other ways. One of these is the microwave. The microwave will reheat your apple pie much quicker than the oven, but you do run the risk of a soggy crust.

If that doesn’t bother you, or you are just too impatient to wait, then keep reading to see how to reheat your apple pie in the microwave!

  1. Place a slice of apple pie in the microwave. 
  2. Heat the apple pie for one minute, remove from the microwave and leave it to sit for  30 seconds. 
  3. Check the temperature. If it needs to be warmed for longer, place it in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Then, leave the slice for 30 seconds and recheck it.

Why do we need to leave the pie to rest for 30 seconds? It will allow the heat to distribute evenly throughout the pie, avoiding the disaster of biting into a hot section of the pie and then a cold section. 

If you are using the microwave to heat a whole pie, you will need to allow for longer times, but still, check it frequently to avoid cooking the pie instead of heating it through.

The method is better suited to a slice of the pie than a whole pie due to the small size of microwaves. They are also less powerful than an oven. 

Final Verdict

And there you have it! The best way to reheat apple pie is the oven! No more will you need to eat a cold apple pie, wondering where your life went wrong.

Yes, it can take a little while, but it is worth it when you bite into the warm crispy crust and moist inside; nothing compares to it! 

While the microwave is a time-saving option, you must be careful to avoid cooking your pie or being left with a soggy crust! It’s a fast option for those after a slice of apple pie, though. 

Whether it is a frozen or refrigerated apple pie, you can go forth and reheat your apple pie, enjoying your favorite dessert again and again! Just make sure you have enough ice cream to go round!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got some last-minute questions? Get them answered here before you leave us today! 

What is the best apple to use for apple pie?

There are a few choices to go for when it comes to the apples in your apple pie. Generally speaking, you want a firm and tart apple to create the perfect, mouth-watering apple pie. 

When it comes to apples, we would recommend any of the following. These apples all have the right properties for a fantastic apple pie, but unique tastes that will create a unique apple pie: 

  • Granny Smith apples 
  • Northern Spy
  • Golden Delicious
  • Ginger Gold 
  • Pink Pearl 

How do you prevent the pie from becoming soggy?

A soggy crust will ruin your pie and the experience of eating it, so how do we avoid it? There are a few options to prevent a soggy bottom, thankfully! 

Baking blind, choosing the right rack, brushing the bottom of the pie, a thicker or layer of crust, filling the pie while it’s hot, or spreading a layer of white chocolate on the inside of the pie crust will prevent it from becoming soggy. 

Whichever method or combination you choose will stop your pie from becoming soggy, even when you reheat it!

Can you place a pie in the oven after cooling?

Yes, you can indeed! Placing the pie in the oven should only be done when the pie is cold, and the oven is hot.

Otherwise, the crumb and crust will burn, and the insides will not warm enough before the pie comes out of the oven, which is why preheating the oven is strongly recommended. 

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