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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 17:12 
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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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So, what's the best type of pastry for a mince pie? Puff or short?

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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I'm putting you down as a puff, Dave.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 20:08 
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Short.

Heston's are puff pastry, and delicious, but to be honest they're not exactly mince pies.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Spar 6 mince pies for a quid. Vegetarian.

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Pastry: short. rather crumbly and dry. Does not take well to a microwaving, disintegration ensues.

Filling: No air gap but filling is shallow with the lid placed well below the upper edge of the casing, in fact the pies themselves are somewhat stocky. Flavor is lacking, the pies are described as fruity and that is at least accurate, the currants are juicy but there is little in the way of peel. No discernible spice is present which is the real letdown.

Description: The picture on the box shows the pies with a glaze, this is not the case in reality.

In addition it was a struggle to pry the pie from its foil case, resulting in multiple crust fractures and even exposure of the filling in one case. Complete collapse was avoided but only through careful handling.

Overall they are a reasonable but forgetful pie that more or less tastes of textured sugar.

a poor showing getting a score of 7/16ths


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 18:16 
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Oooh! Lets see what that does to the leaderboard!

    1. Heston's 4 Spiced Shortcrust mince pies 82/100
    2. Woolworths mince pies 80/100
    3. Asda's standard 78/100
    4. Sainsbury's "Taste the Difference" Brandy Rich Mince Pies 75/100
    5. Tesco finest deep filled mince pies with courvoisier 72/100
    6. Costco mince pies 70/100
    7. Sainsbury's deep fill mince pie 68/100
    8. Spar 44/100

Poor showing from Spar there, well down at the bottom of the table, they've got some work to do to avoid relegation.

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The judges are coming back to me... hold on...

Krazywookie, can you confirm that it was actually "party time" when you ate the pies?

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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The judges are coming back to me... hold on...

Krazywookie, can you confirm that it was actually "party time" when you ate the pies?


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I can't believe people microwave mince pies. Tut! Heating should be done in an oven, or with the warmth of love from family and cherished ones at Christmas.

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Trooper wrote:
Oooh! Lets see what that does to the leaderboard!

    1. Heston's 4 Spiced Shortcrust mince pies 82/100
    2. Woolworths mince pies 80/100
    3. Asda's standard 78/100
    4. Sainsbury's "Taste the Difference" Brandy Rich Mince Pies 75/100
    5. Tesco finest deep filled mince pies with courvoisier 72/100
    6. Costco mince pies 70/100
    7. Sainsbury's deep fill mince pie 68/100
    8. Spar 44/100

Poor showing from Spar there, well down at the bottom of the table, they've got some work to do to avoid relegation.


Based on my experiences of food from Spar*, that should be "0.4375 out of 100."

I wonder if they do sliders, it would certainly explain things.

* - barring their mint ice cream.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Krazywookie, can you confirm that it was actually "party time" when you ate the pies?

the pies were consumed at lunch time with a friend and with quantities of fizzy juice, i believe that technically makes it a minor party yes.


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Morrison's deep fill luxury ones were nice.


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Morrison's deep fill luxury ones were nice.


There is a rating system, you know. Put some fucking effort in.

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Trooper wrote:
American Nervoso wrote:
Morrison's deep fill luxury ones were nice.


There is a rating system, you know. Put some fucking effort in.

I'll give them a B+.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Oooo excite, it might be tricky this year as I'm on a health thing. Maybe I'll try for healthy pies? The hunt begins.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Nom nom mince pies!!

Waitrose Deep filled shortcrust mince pies

P: 15. Nice looking pie, box could be better. Would benefit from a picture of a mince pie on it!
T: 10. Too much pastry; bad meat to crust ratio. The meat was nice but not incredibly flavourful.
F: 10. The meat portion isn't exactly stingy but the pie was only half full... Don't call it deep fill if it ain't; it scores poorly for promising and not delivering.
S: 15. Quite large but too much of that is pastry and air.
C: 18 £2 for six so quite cheap.

Mr. Kipling Exceedingly Merry mince pies

P: 17. Pretty decoration on the pie. Box is as you'd expect from Mr. Kipling, it's the smallest, flimsiest box of the lot but does it's job. And has a picture of a pie.
T: 13. Too dry. The meat was flavourful.
F: 9. The meat portion only half fills the case, which is quite shallow.
S: 13. Would be a great size if they had more filling.
C: 20. £1 for six (on offer).

Waitrose All butter mince pies

P: 17. Nice large box, very pretty decoration. But the pies are boring looking.
T: 19. Lovely pastry and very flavourful filling. A lot less liquid then the other fillings.
F: 18. Completely full to the top!
S: 18. Good, large size and all in proportion.
C: 17. £3 for six so the most expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Asda extra special mince pies.

£1 for 4 pies

packaging: just a plastic tray, perhaps underplaying itself to make the pies seem to support themselves. You know what i mean. 0.1¥

filling: tasty good filling, moist fruitful flavour with a hint of Frankenstein and mir. 0.8¥

filling to crust ratio: "deep fill" no. A smear in the bottom of the case. Poor. 0.5¥

pastry: excellent pastry with a good bite and a fine taste. 0.7¥

couldn't test for latent temperature coefficient due to the microwave being in a different room sorry folks. Also, on phone so can someone else average up the scores?


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Joan's came home with these.

From Aldi, price unknown.

Very sweet, I had two. Bloody lovely, I could eat the whole box in one go. Moist, tasty, sweet.

Nom out of nom.


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Not mince pies. Get out of this thread immediately!


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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The fillings seem to suggest it IS a mince pie, but with added extras. I think they are allowed as though not ‘traditional’, if we only went with what originally a mince pie contained they’d also be full of meat.

Jazzy, I think you need to test another two, this time warmed in the oven, so we get the full taste test.

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Then have one warm and one cold, side by side comparison, to find out which is the best eating method, just so that we know how to maximise our enjoyment potential if we happen to buy some. Do it for SCIENCE.

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The box describes them as a twist on the traditional mince pie.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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I had my first mince pie of the season yesterday. From Gail's. Very good - extremely tangy and generous filling. Price, a very seasonal "How fucking much?!"


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Mimi wrote:
The fillings seem to suggest it IS a mince pie, but with added extras. I think they are allowed as though not ‘traditional’, if we only went with what originally a mince pie contained they’d also be full of meat.

Jazzy, I think you need to test another two, this time warmed in the oven, so we get the full taste test.

Mince pies with meat in are excellent.


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Mimi wrote:
The fillings seem to suggest it IS a mince pie, but with added extras. I think they are allowed as though not ‘traditional’, if we only went with what originally a mince pie contained they’d also be full of meat.

Jazzy, I think you need to test another two, this time warmed in the oven, so we get the full taste test.

Mince pies with meat in are excellent.


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Then have one warm and one cold, side by side comparison, to find out which is the best eating method, just so that we know how to maximise our enjoyment potential if we happen to buy some. Do it for SCIENCE.

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