Pumpkin pie is the quintessential dessert for the holiday season! There are many varieties of pumpkin pie, from pumpkin pie cheesecake, phyllo pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pie ice cream, just to name a few. There is something so comforting about a freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin pie is often made with whole milk or evaporated milk, pure pumpkin puree, and fragrant fall spices like ground cloves, ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice, baked in a buttery, flaky, tender pie crust.
Other popular fall and holiday desserts include pecan pie and milopita!
How Long Can Pie Sit Out?
Homemade pie should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Pumpkin pie includes eggs and dairy, which can promote bacterial growth if not stored properly. The temperature of the room also plays a role. The warmer the room, the faster bacteria can multiply.
Pumpkin pie is an egg-rich pie, so it does need to be refrigerated within the two-hour time frame. Allow it to cool completely in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight before storing it in the fridge.
Store-bought pumpkin pie is likely to have more preservatives to help pumpkin pie last longer at room temperature. However, homemade pumpkin pie should be refrigerated within two hours. Store-bought pie will also have a sell-by date that may be helpful when planning ahead for the holidays.
How To Freeze Pumpkin Pie
If you’d like to make your pumpkin pie ahead of time and then freeze the whole pie, there are a few steps to help you get the best results and prevent freezer burn.
Pumpkin pie can be frozen for up to two months. And if you’re looking to store pumpkin pie for a long time period, then it’s best to freeze it. You’ll want to wrap the pie tightly in layers of plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container so that none of the pie is exposed. If you’re freezing a whole pie, then it may be easier to bake your pie in an aluminum foil pan. When you’re ready to enjoy the pumpkin pie again, thaw the desired amount in the refrigerator overnight.
How To Reheat Pumpkin Pie
Whether you have leftover pumpkin pie from your holiday gathering or just want to enjoy a slice the next day, keep reading for the best methods on how to reheat pumpkin pie.
The oven: In my opinion, this is the best way to reheat pumpkin pie because the pie crust or phyllo will be crispy and flaky crust, and the warm creamy pumpkin pie filling will be so delicious. To reheat your pumpkin pie in the oven, preheat your oven to 350°F.
Place the whole pumpkin pie (or the amount that you’d like to heat up) on a baking sheet. Heat the pie in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through. It shouldn’t brown too much, but if you notice the top of the pie is browning too quickly, then you can cover it with aluminum foil.
Microwave: This is the quickest and most convenient way to reheat pumpkin pie! But the downside is that the edges and phyllo won’t be crispy and will become slightly soft. It’s also a better idea to slice the pumpkin pie into individual servings rather than reheating the whole pie in the microwave. This way, the amount that you don’t want will stay refrigerated, and you can reheat each piece to your desired temperature.
To reheat, place the pie on a microwave-safe plate and heat it in about 15-20 second intervals until warmed through. Microwaving pumpkin pie will result in more of a soggy crust, especially if you’re making your pumpkin pie with phyllo, but it will still be so yummy!
Leftover pie can be enjoyed cold or warm. Warm pumpkin pie will be creamier, and the contrast of the warm pumpkin pie with ice cream is so good. You could also consider serving your warm pumpkin pie with whipped cream, icing sugar or cinnamon powder on top!
Date Published: June 2, 2023