2011 Review: Genius Gluten Free Mince Pies (4 in a box)

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A refreshingly different pie today. Nice to have something that's a bit different from the 'normal' pies that we get to try. We had mixed results and these pies were posted to us. I'm afraid that some did not survive the journey very well! Not very exciting to look at this pie, though it's one of the 'shallow' type is still seems to look well rounded, so there could be loads of filling in there. Sugar coating is castor sugar (not my preferred choice) but a good coating still, and it has stayed on in transit. The pie was a good size and weight, feeling very delicate in the hand, careful not to make it crumble. First impressions were good, very soft pastry, plenty of tasty filling with texture. Yum. A very enjoyable pie, just a shame that it does not travel very well.

Reviewers Comments and Guessed Origin

“A great pie – shame it was so smashed up. Jam packed and had an interesting lemony twist.”

“At first glance, a rather odd mince pie – shallow with a domed top – none of the normal sugar granules but instead had a dusting of icing sugar. Domed lid has vent hole so you could really smell the filling but not much of a buttery smell, or indeed any smell evident from the pastry. First bite and it’s well filled but that’s because it is a shallow depth pie – overwhelmingly, the flavour is mostly filling which is average quality but nothing special. Difficult to discern much taste from the pastry when having a mouthful of both pastry and filling. Pastry is of a more moist type and is bland in texture and taste – I did take a nibble of just the pastry from the edge and it is definitely pretty tasteless with a synthetic taint or quality. So it’s a pie of two halves – OK filling and bland dubious pastry – so overall is a less than average offering. Would not be out of place alongside some of those weird brands they sell at Lidl or Aldi. ”

“Best mincemeat so far, but not enough of it. Possibly M&S pie.”

“different from the norm, but different aint always better! Guessing a store-baked pie from a supermarket or bakery chain… Morrisons?”

“Lidl? Poor pie looked like it had been battered with a hammer… ”

“Mine came in many, many pieces and reconstruction proved nigh on impossible so I can’t really give it a glowing review, although it showed hints of being a good pie! A hint of lemon too?”

“Ooh, a different looking pie! I normally like buttery shortbread type pastry but this offering with apparently very little butter content and therefore a much ‘shorter’ crumb, was very nice. It smelt great. Quite small, though, and nothing special to the filling, and I prefer a granulated sugar top to icing sugar. I’d guess a specialist bakery because it doesn’t look like the mass produced stuff from supermarkets.”

“Quite the interesting little pie this one. Smells great, looks fantastic without being too flashy and has what appears to be a perfect sugar coating. Once that first bite has been taken I am left some what bemused – seemed very powdery and not buttery enough for my liking, however the filling was of the finest quality. All round, pretty decent.”

“The Adele pie. Looks horrendous, but fairly talented when you look through the horrendous outer shell.”

“The Andrei Arshavin pie… Initially a good thing in a small package, looked like it was gonna be a great performer..However, crumbles terribly on contact and although the filling was good, the crust especially needs to ‘Get on the weights!’”

“The Owen Hargreaves of pies, didn’t travel well and broke easily but fantastic attributes elsewhere.”

“The smell reminded me too much of vinegar, which i am not a fan off, so unfortunately this pie did not get off to a good start. The very dry, and too crumbly pastry did not add to the already not-so-good first impression. Quite liked the use of powdered sugar, instead of traditional granulated. Really liked the filling – just the right amount of sugar, smooth but also chunky, with a mice mix of fruit flavours, but owing to the shape of the pie, not enough of it! The sugar coating suggest some kind of wannabe-premium brand… Tesco Finest?”

“This has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Having been pre-warned that the couriering process had affected the pies appearance, one was pleasantly surprised. One could smell the pies before actually seeing them, another good feature. Unfortunately the pastry was undercooked, very granular, and not at all palatable. The filling was plentiful and of good quality, but such shocking pastry cannot be over looked. One does not wish to guess the origin as it may sully the manufacturer’s reputation should inference be proved incorrect.”

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Packaging Description
Genius Gluten Free
Four crisp and crumbly shortcrust pastry mince pies filled with rich and fruity mincemeat.

Nutrition Information (Per Pie)

Energy200 kcal

Best Before: 28 Dec 2011

Suitable for Vegetarians