In the order given to the tasters the results were:
The most disappointing was the last (different to the others being a puff pastry slice rather than a pie) as it really lacked much in the way of mince meat filling. The Waitrose version was the only one that tasted of brandy but most thought the filling overly rich especially when combined with the very buttery pastry. Many mentioned the (perhaps excessive) use of lemon peel in the Marshfield Bakery pies, one I didn’t take too much but they really looked homemade coming complete with ill fiting lids.
The M&S Classics, not their top of the range version, was universally derided with poor tasting pastry holding a poor level of very sloppy, runny mincemeat. Of the supermarket three appearance was pretty much similar although the Sainsbury’s pie had an extra dusting of, entirly unnecessasary, sugar.
The price is shown above but was not revealled to the tasters; Sainsbury’s have deleted all mincepies fom their website so the price is approximate. Tesco requires registration before viewing which I decline to do.
These little tasting events are rather fun; previously we have looked at Vanilla Ice-cream and on Spittoon Ginger Beer.
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