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 Post subject: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 16:17 
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As mentioned in B&B, mince pies have started to arrive in the shops.
I'm sure you all agree, a dedicated mince pie thread is needed so we can share our reviews of the current crop and make sure everyone gets to enjoy the best mince pies possible this year.

Reviews here please, I want to know about size, flavour, consistency, filling density and appearance. Plus anything else you think appropriate.
Hot or cold is fine, but if you eat them cold then Santa will be mad and you'll get no presents, and I will ignore your reviews.
Please state what you had with them, as the accompaniment is important and will affect your eating pleasure. We need to know if the pie was eaten with double cream, ice cream, brand butter, whipped cream, custard, ketchup, mustard, your mum's breast milk, etc...

First sighting of mince pies in the wild this year, taken from my evil facebook feed, in what looks like a M&S.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 16:21 
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Fuck yeah!


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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As I was saying, there's a perfect ratio of mince pie goodness. The really cheap pies are shit. They're dry with crappy horrible pastry and a smear of filling. However the really posho ones aren't great either because they have too much filling.

I'll still devour them all, though.

Oh, I never bother with accompaniments either. I just eat them as they come. Many at a time. Unless it's a special occasion (like, someone else is offering me one with cream or whatever).

I'll check Morrisons and Tesco at some point this week and get some reviews in.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 16:26 
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What kind of freak eats hot mince pies? Surely the optimum mince pie eating time is straight after they're taken out of the shopping bag, direct from the little foil tray?

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Plus, the only way to eat a mince pie is to nuke it in the microwave till the pastry goes really soft and you are scared to touch it unless it explodes in a cloud of steam and burns your face off. You can then pour cold cream, or ice cream on it and hope that it has cooled down enough before you take your first bite.

Plus, brandy butter tastes fucking awful, and should never be seen anywhere near a mince pie. Cream or ice cream are the only acceptable add-ons.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Craster wrote:
What kind of freak eats hot mince pies? Surely the optimum mince pie eating time is straight after they're taken out of the shopping bag, direct from the little foil tray?


Man, you have not lived, try it. Microwave for a minute, add cream, enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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I get my mince pies a minute quicker than you do. It's all about efficiency. Also, cream means a plate and washing up. Do you just enjoy wasting your life?

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Craster wrote:
What kind of freak eats hot mince pies? Surely the optimum mince pie eating time is straight after they're taken out of the shopping bag, direct from the little foil tray?


:this:

Unless, as I say, someone else is willing to do the heating and cream pouring for me. And as long as I don't burn my mouth because that person nuked them for too long.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Seriously, try it, some things are worth the wait and the clean up afterwards.

Your mum for example.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Mince Pies MUST have a hard top. Soft tops are an indicator of poor quality.

An example of a hard top mince pie is a Kipling.

If there are to be recommendations they must include a soft/hard to section otherwise there will be dissatisfaction all round for fellow consumers.

And that ain't in the spirit of the mince pie now, is it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 17:24 
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Morrison's shortcrust mince pies are my favourite so far from the supermarkets, I reckon. I could repeatedly and happily shovel packets and packets of them into my face. And will! As soon as they come back.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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I only found out two years ago that mince pies don't actually have mince in them. I don't actually eat them myself so never thought much about it; although I realise that's no excuse for such idiocy.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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As someone who feels the quality of a mince pie can make or break the holiday season, I am all over this. Tell me what to eat, Beex!

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Pretty sure they used to, and they do have suet in, of course.

No excuse for not eating them though, weirdo.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 18:05 
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I recall Heston's ones from Waitrose being lovely.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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That's because he vertically aligns every morsel of fruity filling.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 18:28 
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And puts real mints in them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Curiosity wrote:
I recall Heston's ones from Waitrose being lovely.


They were very tasty, however:

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Clearly says 'mince pies' on the box.

Regrettably, Heston > Craster.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 18:52 
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Costco are my favourite, though they don't really count, having a sponge top.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Yep. I trust Heston over some contrarian pedant forum tosser.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Yep. I trust Heston over some contrarian pedant forum tosser.


I didn't realise Myp had given his opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 19:46 
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That was meant in jest, by the way... Upon reading it again it looks like I was possibly genuinely on the offensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 19:47 
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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 19:52 
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Plus the Costco ones are massive, aren't they? A mince pie should be small and perfectly formed.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 19:57 
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WTB wrote:
That was meant in jest, by the way... Upon reading it again it looks like I was possibly genuinely on the offensive.


Pedantry not cheffing skills, my dear boy, is what's impotent when defining baked goods classification criteria.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Leaving that typo there.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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The best mince pies are made with puff pastry.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Oh look. sickening wrong-headed idiot boy has turned up to be a sickening wrong-headed idiot.

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