Do You Eat Pumpkin Pie Hot or Cold?

Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular dishes on anyone’s Thanksgiving table, and if you make it fresh, it is certain to perk up your taste buds. Because so many people have dessert leftovers at that time of year, people often wonder whether you should eat pumpkin pie hot or cold.

If you want a savory and spicy flavor to your pumpkin pie, make sure you eat the pie warm. On the other hand, if you want something sweet and firm, you can eat pumpkin pie cold. It’s really just a matter of preference.

Which Is Better?

Whipped cream on top of slice of pumpkin pie that you can eat hot or cold

The fact is, pumpkin pie can be eaten either warm or cold and still be delicious. Pumpkin pie is comfort food, so whether you want something spicy, sweet or just plain delicious, there’s nothing quite like a slice of pumpkin pie. And different people have different preferences when it comes to their pumpkin pie, so there’s no wrong way to eat it!

Can Pumpkin Pie Be Reheated?

Pumpkin pie can be reheated, but if you want hot pumpkin pie, there is one important rule to follow: never heat up your pumpkin pie unless it is at room temperature first. In other words, do not take it from the refrigerator straight to the microwave or oven. Let it sit on your countertop for 30-40 minutes first, then reheat it.

If you’re afraid your homemade pumpkin pie might be dry or not taste as good when you’re reheating it, try adding something such as lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or even a little honey first, spreading the ingredient over the pie after you’ve cut a few slits in it with a knife. This is certain to give the pie some added moisture and an even better texture. Also, keep in mind that if you reheat your pumpkin pie more than once or twice, it can negatively affect both its taste and its texture.

How To Reheat Pumpkin Pie

To reheat the pie properly, place one of the leftover slices of pie in the microwave and warm it for 10-30 seconds. If you wish to heat the entire pie, place it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. That should be enough to heat it up properly.

Melted cream on top of slice of pumpkin pie that you can eat hot or cold

Again, make sure the pie is at room temperature before you reheat it. Also, if you reheat the pie in a standard oven, you should place strips of aluminum foil over the crust so that it doesn’t burn while being heated. Naturally, this should not be done when reheating pumpkin pie in the microwave.

If you want to know if the pie has been properly reheated before you bite into it, simply stick a knife in the middle of the warm slice or pie, and if the knife is warm to the touch after being in the pie, then the pie has been reheated properly.

Once the pie is out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes before you eat it. And if you’re heating up an entire pumpkin pie and you’re concerned that it might get too soggy, just place it on the bottom rack in the center of the rack, and that should take care of it.

Can You Eat Pumpkin Pie at Room Temperature?

Of course you can, and many people do just that!

Do You Have To Refrigerate Pumpkin Pie?

Yes, you do have to refrigerate your pumpkin pie, mainly because there are certain dairy ingredients in pumpkin pie recipes which can make you sick if you’re not careful. In fact, the USDA recommends that all “egg-rich” pies be kept in the refrigerator, and this includes pumpkin pie. But don’t worry because many people love biting into a big slice of cold pumpkin pie, which is especially delicious if you include a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Curious what else you can make with a pumpkin? Check out our post about what parts of a pumpkin you can eat.