Dutch apple pie, often made with a lattice work crust or a streusel topping, is a delicious twist on traditional apple pie. If you've got a surplus of apples, make a few extra Dutch apple pies and put them in the freezer for later use. Whether you freeze the Dutch apple pie baked or unbaked, it will retain its fresh flavor for up to four months, as long as it's properly wrapped.
Things You'll Need
- Dutch apple pie prepared as usual
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap
Freezing a Baked Dutch Apple Pie
Make the filling for a Dutch apple pie, using your favorite recipe. Dutch apple pies often have a lattice-work crust, and this will freeze well. If you use a streusel topping on your Dutch apple pie, wait and add the topping when you're ready to thaw and serve the pie.
Bake the Dutch apple pie according to the recipe directions and allow it to cool completely. Put the cooled Dutch apple pie on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer until it's completely frozen.
Remove the Dutch apple pie from the freezer and wrap it in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Make sure the pie is airtight and return it to the freezer.
Remove the Dutch apple pie from the freezer about an hour before you're ready to serve it. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. and put the pie in the oven. If you're using a streusel topping, it should be added to the top of the pie before you put it in the oven. Heat the pie for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven, let it cool slightly and serve.
Freezing an Unbaked Dutch Apple Pie
Assemble a Dutch apple pie according to your favorite recipe. If you're topping the pie with a lattice crust, apply it now. If you're using streusel as a topping, it will taste better if you wait to add it before you bake the pie.
Put the Dutch apple pie on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer. When the pie is completely frozen, remove it from the freezer and wrap it securely in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. When you're sure the pie is airtight, put the pie back in the freezer and use it within four months.
Remove the Dutch apple pie from the freezer when you're ready to bake it. Add the streusel topping, and wrap the outside edge of the pie crust with aluminum foil to prevent it from burning.
Bake the Dutch apple pie for 60 to 70 minutes, in an oven pre-heated to 425 degrees F. Remove the strips of aluminum foil during the last 10 minutes of cooking time so the crust will brown. Remove the Dutch apple pie from the oven and set it aside to cool.