Today, I’ll write about pumpkin pie, the essential autumn treat. I’ve had my share of pies over the years, and I’ve tried them both cold and warm. And I must tell you that a cold pumpkin pie tastes nice, but warm pumpkin pie just has that extra bit of magic and creaminess. So, if you are like me, you probably wonder how to keep this pie warm for longer.
To keep the pumpkin pie warm, keep it in the warm oven, warming tray or in a pie warmer. Wrapping it in aluminum foil will also preserve some heat.
But, keep on reading because I will explain each tip in detail and share some guidelines on how to reheat your frozen pies.
How to Keep Pumpkin Pie Warm for Hours?
There are three main methods I use to keep my pumpkin pie warm. You can use an oven or a pie warmer.
The fourth method will help you keep the pie warmer, but not for hours. This method is just wrapping the pumpkin pie in aluminum foil.
Using an Oven
If you just baked a pie and you are not ready to eat it yet, simply leave it in the oven.
However, you should be careful with this method as the pie crusts are likely to get burnt. So to avoid this, you can wrap the whole pie with aluminum foil. The foil will keep the pastry from getting burnt by inhibiting the baking process.
Also, this is perfect when you’ve got a bunch of slices to keep warm. I usually set my oven to 350°F, leave the pie in for about 15 minutes, do a quick taste test, and then—voilà!—perfection.
Confirm if it is hot enough by testing a small piece of the pie. If it is not, you may heat it for a few more minutes. Unwrap the pie and enjoy your meal.
Using a Pie Warmer
Pie warmers are great for showcasing pies and other foods to your guests. Interestingly, they are also used for keeping your pumpkin pie warm for up to 4 hours, which makes it the perfect equipment for parties. At the same time, it is great for showing off your baking skills. 😉
So, to keep your pumpkin pie warm for hours, you can reheat it then preserve it with a pie warmer.
Use Buffet Server Warming Tray
If you are throwing a feast and want to serve several different warm dishes to your guests, then a buffet server warming tray is the best piece of equipment you can use.
Simply pop your freshly baked pie in, close it, and rest assured. The warming tray is the most convenient option to keep your pumpkin pie warm because it won’t dry it out or burn the crust. It will keep your pie warm for about 3 to 4 hours. Trust me, it’s worth it!
How to Reheat Pumpkin Pie?
Okay, so maybe you’ve got some leftover pie (kudos for having self-control). If you prefer eating pumpkin pie warm, you can choose between two options to heat the pie. You can use the oven or microwave.
Using a Microwave
When you want to heat pumpkin pie with a microwave, I advise you to heat just one or two pieces at a time so that they can be effectively heated. Heating up an entire pie will take longer, but you can still get it done.
Use the steps below for the best results.
- Place your pie in the microwave.
- Prevent the surface of the pie from drying out by placing a cup of water in the microwave to keep it moist while heating. You can also cover the pie with paper towels and get the same result.
- Allow the pie to stay in the microwave for up to 30 seconds. If it’s not warm enough, put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds, but ensure you check every 10 seconds. You can do this by carefully touching the middle of the pie with a thermometer or fork. Trust me; you don’t want an overheated pie.
Using an Oven
If you want to heat up the entire pumpkin pie, then using an oven would be more convenient than using the microwave.
First, you need to wrap the pumpkin pie in aluminum foil. Then, preheat the oven to 350 °F and place the pie on the middle rack for about 12 minutes.
Note that if the pie was just taken out of the refrigerator, you will need to leave it in the oven for 15 minutes or more. Patience is key!
How Do You Reheat Pumpkin Pie Without Going Soggy?
There is a high chance your pie ends up being soggy when you reheat it using a microwave. This is due to the conversion of moisture present in the pie to steam.
However, you can avoid this by reheating it with an oven because it will dry up the excess moisture.
Unfortunately, this extra heat comes with a drawback. Your pie can easily get burnt, which is why you should monitor it attentively. Nobody likes a burnt pie.
How to Store Pumpkin Pie?
When I have a leftover pie, I definitely don’t throw it away. I want to preserve it for later, which is why I’m going to share with you how to store pumpkin pie properly.
Pumpkin pie can last up to 4 hours at room temperature. But if you want to preserve it for a more extended period, you can.
To store your pie correctly, allow the pumpkin pie to cool if it is still hot. Wrap it loosely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and put it in the refrigerator or freezer.
You should be able to store your pie in the fridge for up to 4 days and the freezer for several months.