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Freezing Spanakopita - before or after baking?

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I've always made it to eat that day, but a friend of mine called and asked if it was OK to make ahead of time and whether to freeze it before or after baking.  Any info will be appreciated.

post #2 of 9

A question to KK indeed, but if you freeze after baking, you will certainly have to re-bake after freezing.

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post #3 of 9

I would freeze before baking. 

Then thoroughly thaw before baking (for example overnight in the fridge). 

 

I believe that you'll get the best results that way. Freezing before baking would make the product quicker to thaw and reheat, but not as tasty. 


Edited by French Fries - 8/27/13 at 5:05pm
post #4 of 9

Definitely before baking otherwise you will end up with a soggy soggy soggy mess.

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Thanks guys - I sort of figured that, but I don't want to give her a bum steer. 

post #6 of 9
I bake them from frozen and brush with melted butter first

joey

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Originally Posted by durangojo View Post

I bake them from frozen and brush with melted butter first

I suppose the bake from frozen/thaw before baking depends on the type of crust used? For some reason I was thinking puff pastry when I typed "thaw thoroughly before baking".

 

But Spanakopita are more generally made with phyllo dough, and Joey's right: no need to thaw before baking. 

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Freeze it uncooked but make sure you score it before freezing. Otherwise it doesn't cut prettily.

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I generally make mine into small triangles for cocktail parties...i freeze them lined out on a sheet pan then once frozen store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer. besides brushing the spanokopita with melted butter i also butter brush the parchment paper.

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