Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ask The Eggspert: What Holiday Recipes Do You Recommend that are Freezable?

Question: Now that the kids are almost back in school, the holidays will soon be rapidly approaching! My plan this year is to have less stressful holidays and part of that means preparing some of the food beforehand so I can enjoy my family and friends during those special days, instead of being in the kitchen. Of Eggology's holiday recipes, which do you recommend as being freezable?

Answer: Thanks for bringing this question up. When it comes to holidays, we know that it can be more hectic and stressful than relaxing for many people. So doing things like making holiday desserts in advance and freezing them until the day, is a great idea. We asked our local culinary expert about which of our Holiday Recipes she would recommend as being freezer-friendly. Here is the list she chose and her notes are alongside:

Plethora of Passover Blintzes
Passover Matzoh Muffins
Eggnog Bread Pudding & Apricot Whiskey Sauce (do not freeze the sauce)
Crispy Cheese Blintzes
Vermont Pumpkin-Cranberry Loaf
Soothing Apple Cider-Carmel Cake (do not put the sauce on prior to freezing-you can reheat the cake slightly then add the sauce)
Banana-Fofana Oatmeal Bread
Fog City Cappuccino Cheesecake with Fudge Sauce (don't freeze the Fudge Sauce)
Easy-As-Sunday-Morning Lemon Squares
Forest Honeyed Apple Torte
Winter Spice Pumpkin Bread
Tea Time Spice Pound Cake

Here are some additional tips to freezing your baked goods:

  • Let all baked goods cool completely before preparing to freeze.

  • For cookies, wrap each individually in plastic wrap then place in freezer storage bag.

  • For brownies and other types of bars, do not cut into individual servings. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil.

  • For cakes, muffins and breads, use freezer storage bags.

  • Do not frost or cover with sauce any of the baked goods. That can be done when they are thawed and you are ready to serve them.

  • Most of these items can be frozen for as long as three months except cookies - those can be frozen for about one month.

  • To thaw, place on serving platter and let sit out at room temperature for about one to two hours.

See all of Eggology's Holiday Recipes here! See other Eggology baked goods recipes in the Dessert Recipe section!

1 comment:

Katelyn said...

I thought I would chime in here, as we do a lot of baking and sometimes have to freeze things in our pastry shop.

The things to remember when freezing are to cool, wrap and thaw! You need to allow ample time to allow your baked goods to cool-if they are even a little bit warm when you put them in the freezer, this will create moisture and that creates ice-which will in turn ruin all your hard work!

Foil is your friend when you wrap foods for freezer storage. It works great to keep food fresh-so don't skimp on the foil.

Thawing is the final piece to successful freezing-you can't get impatient with this one, so be sure to allow enough time for your item to thaw. If it is something that needs to be refrigerated, such as a cheesecake or lemon bars, be sure to thaw it in the fridge (overnight is a good rule of thumb). If no refrigeration is required, you can thaw your item on the counter. I recommend avoiding thawing in the microwave, as this dries out most baked goods. You can however, once the item is thawed, heat it for 30 seconds or less and still maintain all the flavor and freshness!

Happy Baking and Eating!