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Article StartNewcastle University archivists have unearthed an unusual festive recipe you might like to try on your family this year – depending how much you love them.
Could this be heaven on earth?
What a great article on The Guardian website about the world’s largest mince pie factory. One day we will have to visit to.
Alice Fevronia is nervous. The Great British Bake Off finalist has just pelted over to our test kitchen straight from her school, where she still works as a geography teacher, and she’s visibly overwhelmed by the task at hand. “I’m slightly nervous that people might change their purchasing habits based on me,” she frets as she sits before a colossal pile of supermarket mince pies. “This will require much more nuance than just picking between a right answer or a wrong answer on an exam paper.”
This year’s best mince pies are from Marks & Spencer, according to baking experts at Which?, with Iceland the much cheaper runner-up.
The panel blind-tested 11 supermarket premium mince pies to uncover the most delicious, as well as the blandest, wettest and least appetising.
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas can also cause plenty of controversy. Alongside the indisputably awesome essentials of presents, alcohol and turkey, the celebration is stuffed full of seasonal “treats” that many people would sooner spit in Santa’s face than eat. Perhaps the most contentious of these is the mince pie.