Which are the best mince pies this Christmas?
PUBLISHED: 07:56 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 30 November 2017
We tasted eight supermarket mince pies to see which are the best in 2017.
What makes a good mince pie? For Emma and myself it’s a good, short, crumbly pastry, and a deep filling, rich with booze, fruit and spice. We road tested eight pies – each of them quite different.
M&S 6 Mince Pies
We both thought these were scrummy. They had a pretty, homemade look, and the pastry was buttery and crisp with a generous amount of filling. The box promised vine fruits, cherries, brandy and clementines and the end result certainly delivered, with a ripe, juicy, definitive orange flavour coming through. They weren’t claggy either.
Waitrose 4 All-Butter Chocolate and Ginger Mince Pies
These divided opinion. They looked a little in style like pork pies and Emma didn’t feel the flavour was anything like a mince pie (if you were being blindfold tested). However I quite like the cocoa hit from the pastry and the tangy orange filling, which reminded me of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. There could have been a bit more spice from the ginger, but I think these would appeal to people who don’t usually like mince pies – or even kids.
Aldi Specially Selected 6 Cognac Steeped Mince Pies
A very decent attempt. They looked nice, and had a defined, non-gloopy filling. The booze was there, but not too overpowering. And the pastry had been nicely made.
Co-operative Truly Irresistible 6 Luxury All-Butter Mince Pies
These were very much on par with the Aldi pies. Good crisp pastry, lovely finishing details and a decent filling that would please most mince pie eaters.
Asda Extra Special 6 Luxury All-Butter Mince Pies
The filling on these was a bit gloopy and overly spiced, and the boozy hit not quite what we expected, but the pastry was good.
Tesco Finest 6 All-Butter Pastry Deep Filled Mince Pies
A fruity pie but again, a little too overspiced. There were decent pieces of fruit though and the pastry was some of the best we tried, offering a crunchy, short contrast to the middle.
East of England Co-op 6 Sourced Locally Mince Pies
These really weren’t our favourite and reminded Emma more of a type of Eccles cake. The pastry was very thick (which I know some people really like) but had a decent texture. And the filling was a bit mean – there was so little of it you could barely taste it. The best thing to do with these is to serve them warm with a big dollop of cream.
Lidl Deluxe 6 Luxury Mince Pies
Beyond the pastry, which was good, the filling in these pies was much, much too thick and gummy, almost like overset jelly which was a shame as the flavour was OK. We imagine warm they’d be easier to eat, but there were no discernable pieces of fruit.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.