Mince Pie Reviews

We use eight review criteria when we review the pies:

Visual Presentation: How the Mince Pie presented itself, pie casing , pastry design, finish quality of the pie edge, etc.

Aroma: What hint did the Mince Pie give of the “treasures within”.

Sugar Coating: The quantity, size and evenness of the sugar granules across the surface of the Mince Pie.

Size / Weight: The Mince Pie should be of good size, with not too much overhang. In the palm of your hand feel the weight of the Mince Pie.

First Impressions: That all important first bite.

Crust Thickness/Quality: Was the crust thick enough? Moist enough? Did it crumble? The crust should crumble when you take your first bite, but you should not end up with a lap full of crumbs.

Filling Quality: Can you taste the fruit? Was there any sense of texture?

Filling Quantity: How close to the top of the casing did the filling come?

2010 Review: Warings Bakery Burghfield

A real ‘home Made’ feel to this pie. With the filling oozing out from the side. No a particularly good looking pie, I’m not a fan of the flat design pies. Disappointing that there was no sugar coating. First impressions were OK. Pastry was very good, light moist not too crumbly. A little think perhaps. Filling was OK, but way too sweet, a few bits of fruit. You can never get enough filling in a flat pie though… Over all a very sweet experience… I would not eat another!

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2010 Review: Harrods Mince Pies – With Malt Whisky

I had high hopes for this pie, as I opened the cellophane wrapper there was a wonderful boozy smell. A good looking pie, with 5 steam holes, usually a good sign of plenty of filing. Quite a large pie, with plenty of pastry overhanging then edges. A good size and weight, with a lovely aroma…Could this be a great pie? Alas, no. First impressions were spoilt by rock hard pastry! far too tough. The Filling was good, not too sweet and fruity. But that pastry really spoilt it for me. How could it be so dry when it was wrapped in cellophane?…. A good effort, and the best score so far in 2010!

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2010 Review: Marks & Spencer Classic Butter Rich Mince Pies

A conventionally neat and tidy, average sized but lightweight pie with only a mere sprinkle of sugar. Pre the first bite, the pie smells a little buttery but with little hint of the filling. First bite was a little disappointing but I think that was due to an ‘air pocket’ at that precise corner, so was mainly pastry which is on the dry side and somewhat digestive biscuit-like. However, a good big munch of a more substantial chunk revealed a an overall pastry and filling mixture which actually works quite well. I’d say that the filling is the better ingredient and is quite well textured and tangy, so offsetting the slightly disappointing pastry. After the last bite, the taste lingers a while so it’s not a bad effort. Overall, my impression is of a reasonable average supermarket pie for general everyday consumption – that is, it’s not a gourmet treat by any means……

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