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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:36 
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I recall Heston's ones from Waitrose being lovely.

Really? I thought they were terrible, far too much pastry, not enough mince, and they tasted of toilet duck when sprinkled with the pine fresh toilet cleanser.

A trap a number of mince pie makers fall into with their higher quality versions is to use low sugar mince meat which has aged, so is very vinegary. Also Waitrose use far too much pastry.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:41 
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This is getting deep. Deeper than a deep-filled mince pie.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Mince Pies?

Fuck that.

Mince and Onion Pies! :metul:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 13:02 
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Mince Pies?

Fuck that.

Mince and Onion Pies! :metul:

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Start your own bloody thread then.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 13:13 
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Nah.

About time this was derailed.

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Bobbyaro wrote:
A trap a number of mince pie makers fall into with their higher quality versions is to use low sugar mince meat which has aged, so is very vinegary.
And you know what works well with that? Fat. Ice cream, double cream, brandy butter, clotted cream.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Bobbyaro wrote:
A trap a number of mince pie makers fall into with their higher quality versions is to use low sugar mince meat which has aged, so is very vinegary.
And you know what works well with that? Fat. Ice cream, double cream, brandy butter, clotted cream.


And also what works well? Heat.

Oh, your list? Yes, Yes, No, Yes.

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BikNorton wrote:
Bobbyaro wrote:
A trap a number of mince pie makers fall into with their higher quality versions is to use low sugar mince meat which has aged, so is very vinegary.
And you know what works well with that? Fat. Ice cream, double cream, brandy butter, clotted cream.

Onion gravy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 22:10 
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Sainsbury's in-store bakery ones are usually pretty awesome.

They're quite wide and thus shallow, made from nice shortcrust pastry, and have granulated sugar liberally sprinkled on the (hard) top. The mincemeat is nice but ordinary - none of that "luxury" rubbish.

I haven't seen any this year yet, though - fingers crossed they don't "improve" / recession-ise them!


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 22:37 
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None in tesco yet :(

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 16:25 
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Sainsbury's bog standard deep fill mince pies. On offer for 82p.
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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 18:07 
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Sainsbury's deep fill mince pies.

Presentation : bog standard mince pie, nothing to write home about.
Taste : pretty good, could do with a bit more sugar as the pastry was slightly bland, filling taste was good but also a bit bland.
Filling : very full, top marks.
Size : standard small size
Value : bargain!

Rating : 7/10

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 19:48 
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7/10 for bland pastry and bland filling? Doesn't leave too much room for improvement. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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What this review tells us is that trooper is cheap.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Extra points were given for the very full filling and bargainous price! Plus I did say it tasted pretty good, just a bit bland.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 20:12 
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We need a formula:

MP=F(0.8P)(1/Pr)(0.5S)
Where
F = filling taste out of 10
P = Pastry taste out of 10
Pr = the price of an individual pie in pence
S = is weight of an individual pie in grams.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 20:39 
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I think I'll remark, 20 points for each category, giving a mark out of 100.

Sainsbury's deep fill mince pie

P : 10
T : 13
F : 18
S : 10
V : 17

Total : 68/100

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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I gave you a formula and everything! :(

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
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Yeah. It was rubbish.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 21:36 
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So we went from 7/10 to 68%.
Thanks for that, Trooper.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 21:56 
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Value should be cost, surely? The value is determined by the cost, when viewed in light of all the other scoring criteria.

I saw two versions of Co-op mince pies in the shop yesterday, I was extremely tempted to buy a box of each but I'm going to hold off for at least another two months.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 22:31 
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So we went from 7/10 to 68%.
Thanks for that, Trooper.


Indeed. It's almost as if the original questioning of the 7/10 mark proved to be unfounded.

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Value should be cost, surely? The value is determined by the cost, when viewed in light of all the other scoring criteria.


But that would ruin my easy to remember mnemonic. Pretty Transvestites Fornicate Squelchy Vaginas...

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:10 
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Sainsbury's "Taste the Difference" Brandy Rich Mince Pies

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P : 15 : Pretty nice, if obviously mass produced.
T : 18 : Really really good, even for someone like me who isn't a huge fan of brandy.
F : 18 : Full to the brim
S : 17 : Bit bigger than the usual size, but still small enough to scoff easily
C : 7 : At £2 these are getting towards the Rolls Royce end of the market, even with them on offer. £2.50 normal price!

Total : 75

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 18:38 
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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... on=gallery

Seriously Independent, is this the best you got? A few photos and a couple of lines each.

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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 18:57 
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Christ, those comments are like the appalling captions which are added to photos of "celebs" in Heat magazine and it horrendous ilk.

Edit: And what are the odds that the author got a kick back from Morisons.

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

Really? I thought they were terrible, far too much pastry, not enough mince, and they tasted of toilet duck when sprinkled with the pine fresh toilet cleanser.

A trap a number of mince pie makers fall into with their higher quality versions is to use low sugar mince meat which has aged, so is very vinegary. Also Waitrose use far too much pastry.


Had some of these a couple of weeks ago, first one I didn't like but I really liked the 2nd one I ate!

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/ProductVie ... mince+pies


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:28 
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I had some puff pastry mince pie from M&S. Quarter filled mince and they were twice the price of the standard cheap ones. Do not recommend at all. However the standard 1 pound a box version are pretty awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Mince pie review season
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:00 
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Hestons, but not the vile pine things...
these come with a pack of tangerine flavour icing sugar. Quite generous amounts of it too.

I don't understand the formula, so here are my scores out of 10 (out of 20 is plainly ludicrous):

Mince meat - succulent & rich, just about right! 9/10

Pastry - here's the thing.
It's thick, crunchy, and moist.
It has a lattice top!
It has straight sides!
It's dark brown!
Technically, it is not a traditional mince pie, but...
It tastes incredible! The very pastry has been infused, suffused and possibly confused with spices.
As a mince pie fanatic, I loved them. Mrs Dom hates mince pies. She loved em too: 12/10

Price...
HAHAHAAAA!!!! about a billionty pounds per pie. 1/10 (82.3p each. yeah EACH)

Size & weight..
These things are HEAVY. Like 2 of any 'normal' mince pie.
You could stun a goat at 30 paces with one. Any dwarf baker would be proud.
It makes up for needing a mortgage to buy a pack of 4: 11/10 (80+g each!)

So: 33/40 (82.5%) - feel free to scale to your preferred range

They look wrong, they feel wrong, but they taste so right I expect them to be banned in case they cause the vapours, hysteria, and possibly male menopause.


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