How to Reheat Apple Pie
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Here's how to reheat apple pie in the oven, air fryer and microwave.
Come fall and apple season, you can expect to see apple desserts everywhere. Of course, the most popular of these is the classic apple pie—a well-loved American dessert that, let’s be honest, we indulge in year-round.
Now I don’t know about you, but I definitely can’t finish an entire apple pie in one sitting. Whether it’s wrapping up leftovers from your own pie or taking them home from a Thanksgiving dinner, you may wind up in a situation where you have a slice or two in the fridge or freezer.
Opinions vary on whether apple pie needs to be refrigerated—but one thing is for sure, most people like it piping hot! So if you want to figure out how to make the most of yours, it’s best to know how to reheat apple pie.
How to Reheat Apple Pie
Our top three ways for reheating apple pie are in the oven, in the air fryer and in the microwave.
How to reheat apple pie in the oven
Reheating apple pie in the oven isn’t the fastest method, but it’ll get good results. Preheat your oven to a temperature between 225-250°F. Put your slices or whole pie on a baking sheet with parchment paper and pop it in for 10 minutes.
If the pie is sliced, poke the filling to see if it’s warm. If it’s a whole pie, stick a metal skewer in and pull it out, then check to see if the bottom of the skewer is warm. You can also use a cake tester. If the pie isn’t warm enough, pop it back in for five to 10 minute increments until it’s ready.
Luckily, apple pie is one of those Thanksgiving leftovers that can be frozen. However, if your pie is frozen, you’ll have to be careful using the oven as it could “re-bake” the pie. Thaw your pie in the fridge overnight. Then reheat it in the oven at 350° for 30-45 minutes.
Editor’s Tip: You can also thaw it on the counter if you’re in a hurry, but this method could create a soggier end result.
How to reheat apple pie in the air fryer
This method is best if you’re trying to reheat one or two slices of pie, as a whole pie isn’t likely to fit in most air fryers.
Wrap your slice(s) with foil or line your air fryer basket with foil to keep the filling from splattering, then set the air fryer to 350°. Pop your pie in the air fryer for five to 10 minutes, then check to see if it’s warm. If not, keep warming it up in five minute increments. If your air fryer is big enough to accommodate a whole pie, you can use the same method.
Check on your pie frequently to make sure it’s heating properly! Since air fryers have different amounts of power, the amount of time you need may vary. You can use the same methods as the oven to see if your pie is ready—either with a metal skewer for a whole pie, or your finger for slices.
If you’re heating up a frozen pie, set your air fryer to 320°, then heat it up for 20-25 minutes. As before, keep checking on it to make sure it doesn’t overcook or burn. If it hasn’t warmed up in 25 minutes, you can pop it in for five minute increments until it’s warm and the crust is re-crisped.
How to reheat apple pie in the microwave
This method works best for individual slices—if you’re reheating a whole pie, the oven is a better bet.
To reheat your pie slices in the microwave, put them on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel or a microwave cover to keep it from splattering. Then pop the dish in the microwave and heat your pie on medium power in 30-second to one-minute intervals, checking the filling to see how warm it is. For even heating, make sure to not pop in too many slices at once!
For a frozen pie, it’s best to thaw it in the fridge before you pop it in the microwave to ensure the slices heat evenly. However, you can also use the defrost function to thaw your pie and then warm it up as usual.
Tips for Reheating Apple Pie
How do I keep the crust from burning?
The best way to keep your flaky pie crust from burning is to add a heat shield or foil over the pie to avoid over-browning. Make sure your reheating temperature—no matter the method—isn’t set too high, and keep a close eye on your pie to make sure it isn’t reheated for too long.
How do I avoid ending up with a soggy reheated apple pie?
Since an apple pie’s filling is full of juice, it will get a little soggy when reheated. However, you can still prevent it from turning into a soupy mess. If it’s frozen, ensure you thaw it in the fridge instead of on the counter. Thawing the pie at room temperature will create more condensation due to the extreme temperature change, and you’ll end up with a soggy pie.
It’s also best to opt for the oven or the air fryer to keep your apple pie from getting soggy. While these methods may take a little more time due to the need for pre-heating, they’ll give you a crisper result than the microwave.