I don’t know where my brain is sometimes but this is the first year it occurred to me that pies can be prepared ahead of time and frozen, to be magically available when in a pinch! Over Thanksgiving I knew that this year I would be very pressed for time at Christmas. I made several extra apple pies and rather than cooking, wrapped them tightly in foil, with a plastic bag around that, and stored them in the freezer. I had never frozen a pie before and wasn’t even sure if it was best to freeze cooked or uncooked.
Last night at dinner I was reminded by husband and kids of pies in the freezer. I pulled out an apple pie and placed it in the frig to defrost overnight. Several hours prior to baking I removed it from the refrigerator, which allowed it to reach room temperature. By the time it went in the oven this afternoon it was completely defrosted. Baked in a 375 degree oven for approximately 50 minutes, the pie cooked perfectly! Happy Husband, Happy Kids!