Review of Tesco’s Free From Spiced Pear Pies

This year I decided that I should make it my mission to start my Christmas reviews early. So when I discovered that Tesco’s had launched their Christmas free from range I had to pop in store and find out more. I had seen on social media that they had marketed an alternative to a mince pie, the spiced pear pie. This was to be first on my hit list. There were only 3 boxes left so they must have been popular. My only concern was there was a short best before date, but if I liked them they wouldn’t last long.
I liked the simplicity of the packaging and was drawn to its purple colour scheme. The pictures of the pear pies tease you and I just wanted to give them a try. Onto the ingredients the pies are clearly labelled as a free from product and are both gluten free and milk free. Therefore perfect for dairy free me. Egg is highlighted as an allergen in the ingredients list. There is a may contain warning for nuts.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with fruit pies. Nothing special if I’m honest. I was hoping for a spicy aroma that I associate with Christmas, maybe I am being a tad harsh. The pear pies the are a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy looking short crust pastry topped with a light dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom of the pies. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. On biting into the pear pie I got a slight crunch followed by crumbliness from the pastry. This did seem to result in a mouth moment as described on the front of the packaging. I was very sceptical about this statement but it was true. It didn’t take long to then discover the filling. This was a combination of pears coated in a what I would describe as a lightly seasoned winter syrup. The fruit was crunchy and worked perfectly with the gluppy syrup encasing it. The flavour of the filling was delightful. It was slightly sweet from the syrup but this was nicely complimented from the winter seasoning. As for its quantity this spot on anymore would have resulted in a soggy pie. I couldn’t believe just how nice these pies were. I much preferred them to the traditional mince pie. I hope that they prove to be very popular so that they return next year.
So would I recommend these spiced pear pies if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? Yes I would it is fantastic to find an alternative to a traditional mince pie. I loved everything about these pies from their flavour through to their texture. They exceeded my expectations. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a yummy Christmas treat that I can enjoy. It really didn’t take long for me to finish the packet and I certainly didn’t share them.

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