Where to begin with this pie. It's a monster! Both deep and wide. The pie was quite well presented with good dusting of icing sugar on the top. It's unusual feature is the frangipane / sponge lid.
There is some debate among the reviewers as to if this is a pie of a pastry, but our review went ahead. Picking up the pie, it feels heavy and full, this is going to be a filling pie.
First impressions are a little chewy, but good. It does not have the usual 'crunch' as you break through the surface of the lid, but it's a satisfying chew with the frangipane. The filling was excellent, tasty, fruity and not too sweet.
Eating this pie was a rather nice experience, though I think that I might need a lie down!
Reviewers Comments and Guessed Origin
“A bakewell tartesque pie, with a frangipane/sponge lid. The fruit was very tart, which is my preference, and the pastry case was quite nice. Not sure on the topping, though. It created an illusion that the pie was full of mince, whereas it was mostly frangipane. Mixed bag.”
“This enormous pie has a strong orangey scent and taste which cuts through the unusual almondy sponge topping. Really enjoyable.”
“I actually liked this one a lot – the pastry was spongy and unlike any other pie we’ve had so far, but did work. ”
“Cripes! You could choke a dozen donkeys on that! The squidgy top gave the game away, not a bona-fide mince-pie, however fairly pleasantly surprised..Lack of filling, however if this was filled to the top could slice this into 6 and feed a family for a couple of days. Not a classic, but a better alternative mince pie than the filo or puff pastry pretenders..”
“Didnt quite expect a sponge cake types pie(?) …tasted delicious …I totally loved it … ”
“Fairly ordinary tasting despite the exciting combo of pie and cake. The pie was very large, but most of this was cakey topping and not so much mincemeat. ”
“Massive pie so full marks for size, although this comes with a slight sacrifice in the pastry which is more of a sponge! First bite was disappointing as I hadn’t managed to reach the filling, but the pie came in to its own once the tasty filling was reached. The origin should be obvious to any pie veteran… and anyone who’s ever visited Costco!”
“Really large, great pie 🙂 Crust is light and tasty Filling is fruity and full. Will have to eat this over two sittings”
“This was like a roller coaster, good points and bad points. overall alright. Kirkland pies from Costco by anychance?”
“unfortunately after the good first impression of massive size, generous sugar coating and lovely aroma i bit into a pie with more sponge filling (or frangiepane as mat expertly identified it as) than mincemeat! Overall quite nice, but make them smaller, and with more mincemeat! Worth noting is the just-perfect shortcrust pastry making the pie casing.”
“A masssive pie. Quite like the fact it was a little different with the different pastry.”
“What a whopper… gotta be Kirkland/Costco a big hunky thing like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Lots of icing sugar dusted on top but little aroma pre first bite. So to the first bite which reveals a very thick pastry, especially towards the outer rim. Whilst the pastry is quite nice and not too fatty tasting, it is more like a sponge and there is simply far too much of it. Whilst the filling reaches the pie roof, such is the thickness of the pastry that in fact the filling is not especially generous for the size of pie so I marked it well down on quantity. The filling is pretty tasty and textured but on eating the outer edge section of the pie there is too much pastry. It’s only on eating the central inner section of the pie does one taste a slightly better ratio of pastry and filling where the full power of the somewhat juicy filling can be appreciated. Overall, an interesting pie with somewhat plus and minus points in each category, so was a difficult one to judge based on the normal benchmarks. It’s sure to be a talking point and split opinion. However, not a pie for everyday regular consumption, unless that is you are a gannet teenager or want to put on weight. In fact, Kirkland make toilette rolls – a smear of the filling in the loo roll centre would be a similar sensation…..”
“Where to begin with this pie. It’s a monster! Both deep and wide. The pie was quite well presented with good dusting of icing sugar on the top. It’s unusual feature is the frangipane / sponge lid. There is some debate among the reviewers as to if this is a pie of a pastry, but our review went ahead. Picking up the pie, it feels heavy and full, this is going to be a filling pie. First impressions are a little chewy, but good. It does not have the usual ‘crunch’ as you break through the surface of the lid, but it’s a satisfying chew with the frangipane. The filling was excellent, tasty, fruity and not too sweet. Eating this pie was a rather nice experience, though I think that I might need a lie down!”
“Wow, that was huuuuge… and so was the crust thickness to filling ratio. I enjoyed the filling but too much crust for my liking, didn’t even get a taste of any filling on my 1st bite. Good contender for the no1 spot perhaps!”
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