Put to the test: Mince pies
Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00
Superquinn sq luxury mince pies X6, 380G
Verdict: These are by far the most expensive of those tested here, but they win on taste. The packaging declares them to be "hand crafted by a traditional recipe by an artisan family bakery in Co Galway" and they won a silver medal in this year's Blas na hÉireann awards. The shortcrust pastry is buttery and crumbly, and the fruit and nut filling is generous and gorgeous; moist, rich and with a brandy kick.
Price: €4.99 (€13.13/Kg)
Score: 9 / 10
M&S CLASSIC BUTTER RICH MINCE PIES X6, 350G
Verdict: Another good ingredient list and a middling price. The mincemeat is a little spicier than the others and with orange and lemon peel and lemon juice the taste is 'brighter', slightly exotic and a little different. No alcohol is listed.
Price: €2.59 (€7.40 / Kg)
Score: 8 / 10
TESCO FINEST DEEP FILLED MINCE PIES X6
Verdict: These have a good ingredient list and very nice rich and buttery shortcrust pastry. The pies also come with a good cognac hit from the filling, which we liked and the walnuts in the filling add texture.
Price: €3 (no weight given)
Score: 7.5 / 10
ALDI SPECIALLY SELECTED HOLLY LANE LUXURY MINCE PIES, 368G
Verdict: These contain a generous amount of filling and tasted good. You can really taste the brandy too and these are most keenly priced of the lot, so win on that score.
Price: €2.49 (€6.77 / Kg)
Score: 7 / 10
LIDL DELUXE MINI MINCE PIES, 252G
Verdict: The shortcrust pastry was a little heavier on these pies than some of the others but they were also good.
There was plenty of brandy in the filling, which we enjoyed.
Price: €1.79 (€7.10 /Kg)
Score: 7 / 10