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Put to the test: Mince pies

Published 09/12/2010 | 05:00

Superquinn sq luxury mince pies X6, 380G

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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

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