Review of co-op puff mince pies with brandy

I know that it’s a tad early for a Christmas review but I decided to start very early this year. I popped into my local co-op to get some dinner and passed by the bakery section. My other half fancied doughnuts. Sadly, they were sold out. I noticed their puffed mince pies and as some of their bakery items are dairy free I thought that I would grab some on the of chance. As it turns out it was a good call to make.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging. You can clearly see the mince pies inside. There is a simple red label to the centre of the front of the packaging. There are two allergens highlighted on the ingredients list wheat and sulphur dioxide. There is no may contain warning.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by a sweet aroma of what I describe as sweet pastry and sweet mince meat. The mince pies are of a good size. To the top you have a flaky pastry topped with sprinkles of sugar. This becomes more compact towards the bottom of the pies. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. It appeared dry I mean this in a nice way, and wasn’t greasy. On biting into the mince pie I got an initial crunch from the sugar from the top. This was followed by thin layers of nice light flaky pastry. It took a little while to discover the filling. It was worth the wait. It was slightly juicy and moist. There was a good quantity of fruit and I personally liked the subtle flavour from the spice that hit my taste buds. This helped break down the richness from the fruit and brandy. The quantity of the filling was just right otherwise it would have been too rich and impacted on the lightness of the pastry.

So would I recommend these mince pies if you follow a dairy free diet? Yes I would it is great to find a mince pie which is not in the free from range. I liked everything about these mince pies from the aroma through to the flavour and texture. So thank you co-op for producing a nice mince pie that I can enjoy.

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Review of Lidl Mince Pies

On a recent trip to Lidl I found myself in their Christmas section. Now, if I’m honest I didn’t expect to find anything suitable for a dairy free diet. I was proved wrong as their own brand mince pies were indeed dairy free. There was only one thing for it accidentally place them in my shopping basket to try later on as a sweet treat.

I liked the simplicity of the white and gold colour of the packaging. To front of the packaging is a picture of the mince pies pies, one of which is open with the mincemeat cascading out. I just wanted to dive in and give them a try. Onto the ingredients list wheat, sodium metabisulphite, sulphur dioxide are barley are highlighted as allergens. There is also a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with apple pies. I thought that this was little strange as they were mince pies. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. I was the therefore a little confused as to what I was about to eat. The mince pies are a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy burnt looking short crust pastry topped with a little dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. I always check this as I don’t like a soggy bottom. So this was a positive.

On biting into the mince pie I got a slight crunch from the pastry followed by crumbliness then a slight doughiness as I reached the bottom of the pie. To be honest I would rather have a soggy bottom rather than the doughiness that I experienced. Onto the filling there was a good quantity of mincemeat coated in what I would describe as a slightly seasoned syrup. The mincemeat filling was slightly crunchy and worked well with the syrup. Sadly the flavour of the mincemeat filling was quiet bland. The only real flavour that I could distinguish was apple. The other flavours from the rest of the fruit and mixed spice just seemed to be lacking. It was not really the mincemeat flavour that I had hoped for.

So would I recommend these Lidl mince pies if you follow a dairy free diet? I am afraid not I just didn’t enjoy anything about these mince pies from their aroma through to the flavour and texture. Sorry Lidl but these mince pies just weren’t for me.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Free From Mince Pies

Well, I’m afraid I’ve been a bit late with my Christmas reviews this year. So my last sweet treat this year is the free from mince pies from Sainsbury’s. So what did I think and how did they compare?
I found the packaging to be a little bland if I’m honest. Yes it stuck to the Sainsbury’s free from style but it wasn’t anything special and didn’t jump out and say it’s a festive treat and give me a try.
Being free from they are gluten free but more importantly for me dairy free. The only allergens listed are sulphur dioxide and almonds. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet.
Onto the mine pies themselves. On opening the packet I was a tad disappointed they looked pale and unappetising. On positive note there was a nice subtle sprinkling of sugar to the top.
On biting into the mince pie it just crumbled into pieces. You couldn’t eat it on the go as you would end loosing some. The pastry was a little bland in flavour and didn’t compare to the others that I have tried. Onto the filling there was a reasonable amount of mince meat inside. I didn’t really have any festive aroma coming from the filling. The taste of the filling was nice I could clearly taste the different elements of fruit.
I tried these mince pies both hot and cold. I personally felt they worked better once warmed in the oven. I left them for a while to slightly brown the pastry. Would I recommend these, probably not if I’m brutally honest. Sorry Sainsbury’s but I have tried nicer free from mince pies.

Review of Tesco’s Free From Deep Filled Mince Pies

Well Christmas is rapidly approaching and I have been a tad slow with my food reviews lately. One of my favourite naughty treats at the time of year is mince pies. The rapid expansion of the free from market has meant that it is certainly easier to find minces pies that are not only gluten free but are also dairy free, or marketed as milk free. The fist mince pies I got hold of this year were from Tesco. They are also one of the cheapest on the market.

I was immediately drawn to dark purple packaging with a picture of a bear ice skating and the yummy looking deep filled mince pies. The only allergen highlighted in the ingredients list are eggs and they are suitable for vegetarians.

On opening the packet there was a slight aroma noted but not really festive it was a more sweet sugary smell. The actual mince pies looked like they were made from short crust pastry. The pies seemed to have a two coloured tone the top and bottom were slightly brown yet the sides were paler in colour and looked as if it was undercooked. On a positive note there was a nice scattering of sugar to the top of the pies.
On biting into the mince pie there was a slight crunch followed by a crumbling to the pastry noted. I personally found the pastry to be slightly dry but I would personally rather have this than a soggy bottom. There was a generous portion of filling inside. I was able to taste and enjoy the spice elements from the fillings ingredients.
I really enjoyed the flavour of these mince pies but I wasn’t so keen on the pastry. That said overall they make a nice sweet treat and can be equally enjoyed either hot or cold. Would I recommend them to anyone who follows and dairy and or gluten free diet, yes. They make a great value Christmas treat.

Review of Waitrose Gluten Free Mince Pies

Christmas is fast approaching, this can only mean one thing, mince pies. The rapid development of the free from market has resulted in a variety of both dairy and gluten free mince pies being readily available. The first brand of mince pies my mum (who’s gluten free) and I decided to try was from Waitrose.
I liked the simple red festive packaging with inviting pictures of what was to be found inside. The only allergens listed were sulphur dioxide and almonds. On opening the box the pies were neatly secured inside so no accidental breakages occurred. The pastry was slightly pale and had a nice sugar coating. On biting into the mince pie a slight crunch noted. The pastry was not dry or flakey and didn’t crumble easily like some gluten free products can. In fact the pastry slightly melted in the mouth. Inside the pie there was a good quantity of mince inside. I enjoyed the of both the flavour of the pastry and the mince, they complimented each other nicely.
These a yummy seasonal treat either warm or cold that I would definitely recommend. So thank you Waitrose for producing a lovely mince pie that both my mum and I can enjoy.