Wondering how to reheat a pecan pie? Let me tell you, I have all the answers you are looking for and more. Pecan pie has long been a favorite in our household, so I have plenty of experience with this pie that I would love to pass on. Also, many of the tips you will read about will also translate over to reheating fruit pies.
First, I want to share my pecan pie recipe that was developed with my Southern hubby in mind. I don't make this chocolate pecan pie often, but I promise, it is always a part of our holiday meal. It is our favorite homemade pecan pie recipe! It has the gooey filling and crunchy pecans you are looking for with a chocolate twist!
How to reheat a slice of pecan pie
First, let me share my husband's tried and true method. Leftover pie doesn't stand a chance in our house, it is typically gone the day after serving, and this is how we do it.
This is the one he SWEARS by. Place your pecan pie slice on a microwave-safe plate. Heat it for 22 seconds in the microwave (yes, 22). Once it is done, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It is quick and simple. I have tried this a few times myself, and I have to agree with the hubs. This warms it up just a touch, but not too much. If you ask him, this is the best way.
As every microwave is different, you may have to adjust just slightly. Let me know if you try this.
If you want to reheat in the oven, it is best to bring it to room temperature first. Place on a pan and cover with tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your slice of pie. Smaller slices will take less time and of course, thicker ones will take more.
I have also heard that slices can be reheated in an air fryer too. I cannot speak on this as I don't own one.
How to reheat the whole pie
I really feel like the best method for reheating a whole pecan pie is in the oven. This is the reason I am only listing one option for this. The pie can be brought to room temp if you would like prior to baking or heat it cold.
- Preheat Your Oven (Recommended):
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This allows for even reheating and helps maintain the pie's texture.
- Wrap in Aluminum Foil (Optional):
- If you're concerned about the pie crust becoming too crisp, you can loosely tent the pecan pie with aluminum foil. This will prevent the crust from over-browning during reheating.
- Place in the Oven:
- Put the whole pecan pie, with or without aluminum foil, into the preheated oven. You can leave it in the pie dish or transfer it to a baking sheet for easier handling. If it is a store-bought pecan pie in a foil pan, I recommend placing it on a sheet pan before moving it to the oven.
- Heat the pecan pie in the oven for approximately 15-25 minutes. This should be enough to warm it through without overcooking it.
- Check for Doneness:
- After the suggested reheating time, check the pie to see if it's warmed to your liking. If it feels warm, it's ready.
How to reheat a frozen pie
- Thaw the Pie (Optional):
- If you have time, it's best to thaw the frozen pecan pie in the refrigerator overnight. Thawing gradually in the fridge helps maintain the pie's texture and flavors.
- Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure even reheating.
- Wrap in Aluminum Foil:
- Loosely wrap the frozen pecan pie in aluminum foil to prevent the crust from over-browning during reheating. You can leave a small opening at the top to allow steam to escape.
- Place on a Baking Sheet:
- Set the foil-wrapped pie on a baking sheet. This makes it easier to handle and catch any drips if the filling bubbles over during reheating.
- Reheat in the Oven:
- Put the baking sheet with the pie in the preheated oven.
- Reheat the frozen pecan pie for approximately 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it during reheating to ensure it doesn't overcook.
- Check for doneness by inserting a knife or toothpick into the center of the pie. If it comes out warm and the pie filling is bubbling, it's ready.
Can you leave pecan pie out overnight?
It's generally not recommended to leave a pecan pie or any pie with a moist or perishable filling out at room temperature all night. Pecan pies typically contain ingredients like eggs, dairy, and sugar, which can promote bacterial growth if left at room temperature for an extended period.
To ensure food safety, it's advisable to refrigerate pecan pie within a few hours of baking or once it has cooled to room temperature. This helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and extends the pie's shelf life.
Does pecan pie taste better the next day?
Many people believe that pecan pie, like some other baked desserts, can actually taste better the next day. My family wholeheartedly agrees with this sentiment. I always make mine the day before serving. There are a few reasons for this perception:
- Flavor Melding: Allowing the pie to sit and cool overnight can give the flavors in the filling time to meld together. This can result in a richer, more harmonious taste.
- Texture Improvement: Pecan pie filling can firm up and set better when it's had time to cool and rest. This can lead to a more satisfying texture, with a balanced combination of gooey and nutty elements.
- Crust Softening: While some people prefer a crispy crust, others enjoy a slightly softened pie crust. When stored overnight, the crust can absorb some moisture from the filling, leading to a softer texture.
- Convenience: For those who enjoy pecan pie as a holiday dessert, preparing it the day before can be a time-saving strategy. It frees up oven space and allows you to focus on other dishes on the day of the gathering.
Should pecan pie be eaten cold?
If you are asking my husband, he would say NO! But, here are some thoughts I wanted to share from asking other people.
Pecan pie is traditionally enjoyed at or slightly below room temperature to bring out its full flavors and textures. Allowing the pie to come to room temperature for about 1-2 hours after refrigeration is recommended. Some individuals may prefer a slightly chilled variation, which can provide a firmer texture without making the pie overly cold.
The choice of serving temperature largely depends on personal preference, but pecan pie is typically savored at room temperature or with a slight chill to fully appreciate its rich flavors.
Do pecan pies need to be refrigerated after baking?
Pecan pies do not necessarily need to be refrigerated immediately after baking, but proper storage is essential to maintain their safety and quality. After baking, it's safe to leave a pecan pie at room temperature for a couple of hours to cool and set, especially if it will be consumed within the day.
However, if you have leftover pecan pie that won't be eaten promptly, refrigeration is advisable. Refrigerating pecan pies helps prevent bacterial growth and extends their shelf life. Simply cover the pie with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator. This helps ensure the pie remains safe to eat and maintains its quality over time.
Notes on reheating pecan pie
When pecan pie is reheated, its flavors can become more pronounced and better for some people. The gentle reheating process can help release and amplify the pie's sweet, nutty, and caramelized flavors.
Reheating in the oven or microwave can warm the pie, making it more aromatic and potentially enhancing its taste.
It's worth noting that while reheating can enhance flavors, it's important not to overheat the pie, as this can cause it to become overly soft or even dry out. Reheating individual slices or portions rather than the entire pie can help you better control the process and maintain the pie's overall quality.
Homemade pie recipes
- Praline pumpkin pie- This delicious pumpkin pie variation is a family favorite!
- Apple blueberry pie- a great apple pie variation is one of my favorites!
- Pumpkin pie with maple syrup- This variation uses maple syrup in place of brown sugar or white sugar.
- Nectarine blackberry pie- This is my personal favorite pie recipe that I have on the blog. I make it every summer with fresh, delicious nectarines.
- Mini lemon meringue pie- If you love meringue pie, these bite-sized treats are something you will love.
If pecan pie is on your list for the holiday season, just know you can enjoy your favorite slices of pie for days after with these different methods for reheating.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
- 6 ounces chocolate We used semi sweet, but I also love darker chocolate as well. If your crowd prefers, milk chocolate is good as well.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup karo syrup I used light, but dark karo would work just as well.
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup pecans you can either chop these, or leave them whole.
- 1 pie crust
- Roll out your crust and form it into the pan. Place in the freezer while you are prepping your filling.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Place chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds. Remove and mix. If the chocolate still isn't melted return again for another 10 seconds. You want to do each addition gradually, so as to not overheat the chocolate. You want it just barely melted.
- In another bowl, add eggs, Karo, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix with a whisk or hand mixer for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the chocolate and mix only until combined. Add pecans and fold in.
- Pour into pie crust and place in the oven.
- Bake for 55-70 minutes until the center is set but still jiggles, just slightly. Technical terms, right?
- Remove and allow to cool before slicing. I like my pie set up overnight in the fridge.
- We love to serve our pie with whipping cream or vanilla ice cream. But you can serve it however you like.