Can You Prep Apple Pie Ahead? Here's What Our Test Kitchen Says
When it comes to the holidays, you might want to get a kickstart in the kitchen by baking some desserts before the big meal. But is making apple pie ahead of time a good idea? Find out the answer plus more tips (like whether apple pie needs to be refrigerated) from our Test Kitchen here.
Whenever apples are in season (yay for fall!), a warm slice of old-fashioned apple pie filled with aromatic spices and covered in buttery crust really hits the spot. If you’re getting a head start on your favorite fall baking recipes, you might be wondering if it's OK to assemble an apple pie in advance and bake it the next day. While this might sound like a good plan (and totally is for many desserts), you might want to reconsider prepping an apple pie ahead of time to bake it later. Read on to find out our Test Kitchen’s recommendations for a make-ahead apple pie to make sure everyone gets to enjoy a fresh slice of the classic fall dessert.
Can You Prep Apple Pie Ahead?
Our Test Kitchen doesn't recommend assembling an apple pie before baking it at a later time. If made ahead without baking, the pastry may become too wet and be soggy after baking. (No one likes a soggy-bottom crust!) The best way to make your apple pie in advance? Bake the pie completely, then chill it overnight. Let the pie stand at room temperature before serving. If you don't have room in the fridge for a pie, there are still ways to easily make a homemade apple pie by doing a lot of the prep work. Here are some tips for getting as close to creating a make-ahead apple pie as possible without baking it:
- Prep your pastry crust in advance: Luckily, pastry dough for pie is easy to make ahead and store in the fridge or freezer so you can bake a pie at a moment's notice. Use our Test Kitchen's method for make-ahead piecrust.
- Make homemade apple pie filling: Turn your freshly-picked apples into a delicious apple pie filling. Allow your homemade pie filling to keep for longer by canning them in jars. Then you'll have the filling ready to dump and bake when you need it.
If you're planning way ahead, you can also bake an apple pie in advance, cool it, and pop it in the freezer for up to 4 months. Once you're ready to serve, simply allow it to thaw at room temperature. You can also reheat the pie for 15 minutes (or until warmed through) in a 425°F oven so everyone gets a nice warm slice after dinner.