How to Freeze Bake Ahead Homemade Pies

Some traditions are passed on to you, and then there are traditions you create. A tradition I have created is organizing a Thanksgiving dinner each year for my closest friends and relatives. I have done this for the last 18 years, and I have enjoyed every Thanksgiving dinner more than the one before. It is because I have become something of an expert over the years. I understand the importance of planning and organizing things in advance.

The holiday season is around the corner, and most of you will be welcoming guests into your house. No holidays are complete without a good pie. This blog is dedicated to all those house chefs who are worried about how they will manage to make a pie while entertaining all the guests. Read on to know how you can make your life easier by freezing and baking pies in advance.

How to Freeze a Homemade Pie

If you are planning to make a homemade pie in advance and freeze it, follow these simple steps.

Pick a Fruit-Based Pie Recipe

If you are going to make and freeze pie weeks or months in advance, I recommend you to pick a fruit-based pie recipe. While fruit-based pie recipes freeze well and retain the texture and flavor of the ingredients used, custard pies become soggy and lose their flavor if frozen and stored for long. Apart from fresh fruit pies, chocolate and mince pies also freeze well. Another thing that you must remember is: always use quality ingredients if you plan to freeze the cake you are making as excellent quality ingredients do not lose their flavor over time.

Assemble and Wrap The Pie

Once you have decided on the recipe and have all the ingredients, it’s time to assemble the pie and make it ready for freezing. Take a pie pan (aluminum or disposable are recommend) and cover it with the pie crust dough. Once done, add the filling and the thickener to the bottom crust of the pie. Next, place another layer of the dough and top it with another layer of the filling. Fold the edges of the pie into whatever shape you want to give it. Once your pie is assembled, you must wrap it properly. This is the area where many people make mistakes. Before freezing, the pie must be wrapped in at least two layers of plastic wrap, and any air present between the pie and wrapping must be diffused out. Add another layer of aluminum foil wrap on top. Creating a double-layered wrapping is vital to protect your pie from any moisture present. Freeze the pie. Your frozen pie will stay good for up to three months.

Tips on How to Freeze Homemade Pie and Mistakes to Avoid

If you are planning to host a large gathering, it is a good idea to make a pie in advance and freeze it. Here are a few tips to make your pie taste good and the mistakes to avoid while freezing it.

  • It is possible to freeze both baked as well as unbaked pies. While unbaked pies stay good for up to three months, baked pies can be used for up to four months. However, pies that are first baked and frozen often lose their authentic taste. Thus, it is always a better idea to freeze an unbaked pie.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer, take off all the wrappings, and place the pie directly into the preheated oven. For best taste, line the baking dish with some egg wash and sprinkle raw sugar on the top of the pie. The egg wash will give your pie a beautiful brownish golden color, and the sugar will add to its rich flavor.
  • Depending on the kind of pie you are making, add 20 to 25 minutes to the baking time given in the recipe. Since the pie is frozen, you will have to provide it with some extra time to bake.
  • Sometimes people freeze their pie with the icing on top. If you are planning to add any icing or decorations, do not add them while freezing. The best time to add these is right before you bake your pie.

Freezing pie and storing it is any day a good idea. Many chefs do it. If you are going to freeze your pie, be careful about the ingredients you are using. Also, make sure you have wrapped your pie well, and it is guarded well against any moisture in the surrounding air.

How to Freeze a Homemade Pie: A Guide on Freezing Homemade Pies

One of the frequently asked questions is, “Can homemade pies be frozen? Well, the appropriate answer is Yes! Pies made at home can freeze wonderfully. There are several reasons to freeze your pies; for instance, you could be preparing pies in advance for a family dinner, an upcoming holiday, or looking to store some to eat later on. Regardless of the reason, the guide below is a recipe for enthralling freezing results.

we use the same baking method and ingredients most people use at home to roast our pies. Therefore, the steps below can apply for all our pies, and those baked similarly.

Freezing

  • Make and bake your pie in using disposal/recyclable pies pans.
  • After baking the until the pie is completely done, remove the pie from the oven and cool on a rack. Please ensure that the pie cools completely before proceeding.
  • Using an airtight freezer bag or plastic wrap, wrap and seal the cooled pie.
  • Place the wrapped pie in a freezer. To freeze thoroughly may take 24 hours or a little longer to freeze the pie fully.

Cook’s Note:

  • Pies take approximately 8 hours to cool fully. Checking on cool time guidelines is essential for the best results.

Storage Half-Life

When it comes to the storage half-life, you will get different estimates on how long the frozen pies can last. However, from our vast experience, we recommend the following time limits. Note that we have estimated the shortest period. Therefore, you can leave it for quite a little longer without worrying about its safety for consumption.

  • Frozen fruit pies are best served within six months.
  • Custard based pies should be served within three months once frozen.

Defrosting and Serving

If you check various sources, two main methods can be used to defrost and serve frozen homemade pies. Both methods work exceptionally well, but we like one of the methods since it is relatively convenient.

First Defrosting Method

  • Pre-warm the oven to more than 300.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer and unwrap the pie.
  • Remove any accumulated frost common on the top side of the pie.
  • Place the frozen pie in a baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.

The baking times vary, so verifying doneness is essential. An easy way to check whether or not a pie is ready is to insert a knife to the center, remove and feel the temperature of the knife tip using your finger. If the knife is warm, your pie is ready for consumption. That said, the various baking times include;

  • 5” pie takes between 15 to 30 minutes
  • 7” pie takes between 30 to 50 minutes
  • 10” pie takes between 40 to 70 minutes.

Let the pie cool then serve.

Second Defrosting Method

This method takes much more time compared to the first method.

  • As usual, take out the frozen pie from the freezer and leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours
  • Unlike the first method, don’t remove the plastic wraps or airtight freezer bag. Defrost the pie with the wraps on it for approximately 4 to 5 hours or to room temperature. Doing this allows condensation to occur outside the plastic wrap instead of forming on the pie’s crust.
  • Once condensed, unwrap the pie and put it on a baking sheet.
  • Place the pie to heat in the oven for 30 minutes at 300. Note that the timing applies to all pies regardless of the size.
  • Remove the pie from the oven, place on a rack, and let the pie cool and serve.

Pie Freezing Do’s and Don’ts

Freezing pies can be as simple as the guide outlines above. However, there are some things to note when freezing your pie. Below are common dos and don’ts when freezing a pie.

  • Do label the pies with descriptions and dates of placing them in the freezer.
  • Do store the pies together and with other similar foods in the freezer.
  • Do freeze pies in individual portions, which makes it easy to thaw only what you need and shortens thawing time.
  • Do leave some air between the wrapped pies, which allows air to circulate freely.
  • Don’t freeze the pies while hot. Make sure that they cool before putting them in a freezer.
  • Don’t use extra-large containers.
  • Do squeeze all the extra air from freezer bags used to wrap the pie before sealing.

There you have it. We hope this guide will help you achieve better-frozen homemade pies. Observe the dos and don’ts for better results.

Apple Galette (Tart) Recipe

Baked Apple Galette (Tart)
Baked Apple Galette (Tart)

This apple galette is really nice way to use a couple of apples to make a rustic, free form, tart which uses honey rather than processed sugar.

Apple Galette Recipe Ingredients

For dough

  • Flour – 250 gr (8 oz) (1\2 lb.)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil – 50 ml (2 fl. oz)
  • Warm water – 150 ml (5 fl. oz) (1\4 pint)

For filling

  • Apple – 2
  • Coconut oil, cooking oil or shortening – 2 tbsp
  • Honey – 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – 0,5
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.

Apple Galette Ingredients
Apple Galette Ingredients

Apple Galette Recipe Directions

Preheat oven

  • Preheat oven to 180С\350F\4 gas mark

Prepare the dough.

  • Put flour in a mixing bowl
  • add water, a pinch of salt and vegetable oil
  • Mix, until smooth, soft and viscous dough. (Dough should not stick to hands if it sticks -add a bit more flour, if too dry crumbles – add a bit of water)

Preparing The Apple  (Tart) Dough
Preparing The Apple (Tart) Dough

Prepare the filling

  • Peel apples, if desired.
  • Core and slice apples
  • Put the cooking oil, apples, honey, and cinnamon into a pan.
  • Heat on medium low until apples are soft.
  • Set apple mixture aside

Preparing The Apple Galette (Tart) Filling
Preparing The Apple Galette (Tart) Filling

Roll Out Dough And Assemble Galette

  • Roll out the dough to desired sized on lightly floured surface
  • Place parchment paper on baking sheet or stone
  • Move shaped dough to parchment paper
  • Put apple mixture in center of dough, spreading it evenly, but leaving room to fold edges og dough
  • Fold the edge of dough.

Roll out Dough And Assemble Apple Galette (Tart)
Roll out Dough And Assemble Apple Galette (Tart)

Baking Galette

  • Place baking sheet or stone on center shelf of oven
  • Bake at 180С\350F\4 gas mark for about 40 minutes, until center is bubbling, and crust is golden brown.
  • Set on cooling rack to cool

Servings

  • 4 portions

 

 

Buttery Baked Carrots

Buttery Baked Carrots Side Dish
Buttery Baked Carrots Side Dish

I found this recipe in one of my old cookbooks from the 1940s and it makes a quick and easy side when the weather is cool in the fall and winter. Especially, when you need to put a side dish on the table for a holiday celebration like Thanksgiving or Christmas. This can be a really easy side dish to make, if you take advantage of the shortcut method and replace the grating stage with matchstick carrots which simplifies the process and saves time.

Buttery Baked Carrots Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Fresh Carrots
  • ½ cup Maple Blended Syrup
  • ½ cup Butter or Margarine, Melted
  • ½ tsp. Salt (Optional)
  • ½ Pepper (Optional)
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon (Optional)

Buttery Baked Carrots Recipe Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash, peel and coarsely grate 2 lbs. fresh carrots, to measure 8 cups.
  • Place grated carrots in a 2 1/2- to 3 qt. Casserole pa
  • Add maple syrup
  • Add melted butter or margarine
  • Add salt, pepper, and cinnamon.
  • Toss gently until thoroughly coated
  • Place in oven to bake, covered
  • Use a pair of tongs to stir after about 15 minutes.
  • Return to oven for final 15 minutes, until carrots are tender
  • Stir before serving.

Buttery Baked Carrots Servings

  • Serves 6 to 8.

Buttery Baked Carrots Notes

  • Turnips, rutabaga or parsnips provide ideal alternates to the carrots in this delicious recipe
  • As a shortcut, the grated carrots can be replaced with matchstick carrots, which is a serious time saver.

Slow Cooker Ham Hock Kettle Beans

Bowl Of Ham Hock Kettle Beans
Bowl Of Ham Hock Kettle Beans

This recipe is the epitome of home comfort food.  With a bit of cornbread and a tab of unsalted butter mix in my bowl, this one of my favorite breakfasts. Although, most people will think of it as a dinner dish.

Ham Hook Kettle Bean Ingredients

  • 1-pound pinto beans
  • 1/2 large onion, minced, (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3 celery stalks, diced (about 1 cup) (optional)
  • 1 medium carrot, diced (about ½ cup)  (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large smoked ham hock
  • 6 to 8 cups of chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
  • 2 teaspoon blended chili powder  (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ham base (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped ham hock or 1 large whole ham hock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

Ham Hook Kettle Bean Directions

  • Glean the beans removing any foreign items like stones, dirt clods, bits of leaves, twigs, etc.
  • Wash the beans in cool water by covering the beans with water and stirring them. Then carefully dump off the water letting any small bit’s flow away with the water. This process should be repeated until the water remains clear and clean.
  • Cook’s Note: I usually wash my beans in the slow cooker pot to save on dishes.
  • Add the beans, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, blended chili powder, hame base, and ham hock to the empty slow cooker.
  • Fill the slow cooker with 6 to 8 cups of chicken broth, vegetable broth or water, but no more than a ½ inch from the top, so, it will not boil over.
  • Cook’s Note: to expedite the cooking process, I usually heat the broth in the microwave a couple of cups at a time and poor the broth in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and slow cook for 5 ½ -6½ hours on high, or 7 ½ -8½ hours on low until beans have softened and begin to fall apart.
  • Cook’s Note: I usually put the beans on in the early evening on high, when retiring for the night, I turn the slow cooker down to low for the night; adding broth, if necessary to ensure the beans will not run dry during the night.
  • Remove the bay leaf; also, remove the ham hock bone and skin from the slow cooker and strip off any meat. Chop any large pieces of meat, which you see and add back into the slow cooker.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste if desired.

Cherry Pie Recipe

Cherry Pie
Cherry Pie

Cherry pie may well be my favorite type of pie, there is something about the combination of sweet and tart which appeals to my taste buds. And in the early summer, when cherries are in season, what better way to take advantage of the abundance of this fruit. I have very fond memories of family cherry trees in our neighborhood, which metaphorically produce tons of cherries every summer or, perhaps, given the number of trees in our neighborhood when I was growing up, not so metaphorically.

Cherry pie ingredients
Cherry pie ingredients

Cherry pie ingredients

  • Butter 150 gr (5 oz)
  • Eggs 2 pieces (only yolks)
  • Sugar 200 gr (7oz) (100 gr in the dough and 100 gr in the jam)
  • Vanilla sugar 10 gr (1\2 oz)
  • Lemon juice 1 tsp.
  • Salt pinch (1/8 tsp.)
  • Flour 250 gr 8 oz(1/2 lb. )
  • Cherry 200 gr (7 oz)
  • Cinnamon 1 tsp. (optional)
  • Cornstarch 1 tsp.

Cherry pie cooking directions

Cherry pie crust ingredients
Cherry pie crust ingredients
  • Let’s the pie crust; to do this, we mix sugar lemon juice and butter

Note: the butter must be very soft, before use; so, remove it from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature (About 1.5-2 hours).

  • Add the yolks and mix together
Butter mixture for crust
Butter mixture for the crust
  • Add flour to the butter mixture and knead the dough with your hands.
Adding flour to crust butter mixture
Adding flour to crust-butter mixture
  • When thoroughly mixed (do not overwork), wrap the dough in food film and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Cherry pie dough
Cherry pie dough
  • To make the cherry filling, put fresh cherries (without cherrystones) and sugar put in a saucepan.
Pitted cherries and sugar in pan
Pitted cherries and sugar in a pan
  • Boil and after boiling add starch (mixed in a small amount of cold water) and cinnamon,
  • Bring back to a slow simmer and cook until thickened.
  • Take the dough from the refrigerator and spread the dough evenly it into the pie pan sides and bottom. I used the 16 cm pie pan.
Cherry pie pan lined with dough
Cherry pie pan lined with dough
  • The add the filling and bake 40-45 min. 190 C\375F\4 gas mark.
Oven ready cherry pie
Oven ready cherry pie

Blackberry Pie Bars Recipe

Blackberry Pie Bars
Blackberry Pie Bars

With blackberry showing up in the fields and in the grocery stores, here’s a quick and easy way to put a nice treat on the dinner table or just have a nice snack.

Blackberry Pie Bars Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (385g/13.5 OZ)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided (300g/ 10.6OZ)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch slices (230g/8 OZ)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries (440g/16 OZ)
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Blackberry Pie Bars Cooking Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
  • Grease a 9×13-inch pan.
  • In a food processor, pulse together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon salt and lemon zest.
  • Add the butter, egg and vanilla extra. Pulsing until dough is crumbly. Pat half of dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blackberries. Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown (you are only looking for the top to slightly brown, if you cook for too long – the bottom will burn).
  • Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Yield

  •  12 Blackberry Pie Bars