“ Manufacturer: Holland's / Type: Pies „
I don't have pies very often so when I do I like to get a well known brand. At a recent trip to a Tesco garage, I saw a few that had been reduced - 15p each, so I could not go wrong. My main aim was to have a piece cold with a salad - there were no vegetarian quiches in the small shop so this was the next best thing - so I used the first one that way over the next couple of days and then froze the others. I was glad to notice that they were suitable for vegetarians as some companies cheese and onion pies may not have meat in them but they put suet in the pastry.
The first one was fine - it had been chilled so I just ate it as it was. The pastry was a little bland but I could taste the cheese if not the onion. The problem was when I cooked the ones that had been frozen. The first problem was that the pastry seemed to be very hard. I left it to defrost and then put it in the oven to I suppose it was being cooked for a second time, but having heated it in the microwave it was far to soggy to eat.
The next problem was when I cut the pie open. The firm filling of the cold pie had gone and was replaced with what was more like a cheese sauce. Cutting the pie open was quite difficult due to the hard pastry on the top and the filling seemed to be much more artificial than I had noticed with the cold version. The taste did not last very long and had I not known what the pie was I am not sure I would have guessed that it was cheese and onion. The rest of the pastry that held the filling was quite stodgy and I was really disappointed with the overall taste and texture.
The company is clearly popular as they have been making pies in Lancashire since the 1850s but I don't think I would get them again unless I was intending to have them cold. The pie was in a green and blue plastic covering and it was placed into a foil container. This makes it a little difficult to defrost as it cannot go into the microwave and it was quite fiddly getting back into the foil to put it in the oven.
The picture on the front shows the filling oozing out but makes it look a lot more substantial than it is. They are made in Accrington in Lancashire and need to be kept refrigerated although they are suitable to be frozen at home. There are no hydrogenated fats, artificial flavours or colourings in the pie and it says that it only needs to be in the microwave for 2 minutes. As mentioned this does leave it a little soggy
Each pie has 451 calories which makes it very high in calories for its size and has 22.9g of fat, so it is not a thing that easily fits into a healthy diet.
Due to the detailed list of ingredients, I have copied and pasted this from the internet:-
Water, Wheaflour, Mature Cheddar Cheese (8%) [contains: Colour (Annatto)], Shortening [Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier (Mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids)], Onion (4%), Margarine [Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Emulsifier (Mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids)], Modified Tapioca Starch, Cornflour, Potato Powder [Dried Potato, Potato Starch, Salt, Flavourings (from Milk)], Salt, Flour Treatment Agent [Wheatflour, Treatment Agent (L-Cysteine Hydrochloride)], Glaze [Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Vegetable Oil, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Emulsifiers (Sucrose and Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Salt, Colour (Annatto)], Mustard, Pepper*
In ending I would recommend the pie only if you wanted to eat it cold but only then if there was not a quiche available. At the moment they are on sale for £1.00 at Ocodo and having a look at mysupermarket the others don't have a price showing - strange as I bought them from a branch of Tesco's.
If you are looking for an authentic tasting chip shop pie then look no further! coupled with chips they make a great 'chippie' tea for the kids but only costing half the price.
These delicious Lancashire pies have been made with Lancashire's local cheddar cheese since 1851. They are distinctive compared to other pies as they come in a plastic bag- dark green with 'Hollands' in large cream letters, there is a picture of a pie in front of a blue panel. They can be found in the freezer department. The wrapper is very informative and clear to read it has the usual directions, ingredients, allergy advice, informs us that they're vegetarian and that they use no artificial colours or flavours.
These pies can be found in most supermarkets and retail at £2.98 for 4x 185g (which works out at 75p each). They are also sold individually at 70p for 185g so that actually works out cheaper! (Asda website).
These already cooked frozen pies can be put in the oven for 40 mins or more handily microwaved in 3 mins straight from the freezer. They come in a foil tray that must be removed before microwaving.
Being 451 calories per individual pie makes them about the same as other pasties/ pies, but Hollands taste a lot 'richer'.The shortcrust pastry is crispy and golden brown and not at all soggy underneath- I suppose it's because they're already cooked- you just heat them through. The pies are deep and the cheesy filling is really creamy and not too strong and has just the right amount of onion chunks in side.
Being a Lancashire lass it is tradition too once in a while to go to the local chippy and get pie and chips. If your lucky they will stock Holland's pies. You can even buy them from your supermarket in a four pack for about £1.20.
My favourite flavour is cheese and onion. Each pie is a medium size which is not to big or small. If you buy them frozen you can bake them or I prefer to microwave them for 3 minutes. You must remove tin base first.
When you take it out and put your knife in a mass of cheese and onion sauce oozes out. The pastry tastes nice and cuts easily. When microwaved it turns a bit chewy which I really like. Inside is a gooey yellow sauce. To be honest it looks a bit icky but it tastes lovely. A little salty and very cheesy in a good way. It is very smooth apart from the small chunks of onion.
These are best eaten with greasy chips and some mushy peas for a proper traditional comforting meal.
I have my dear father to thank for this review. He hasn't been too well of late, and has been relying on mail order shopping more and more, having, in his late seventies, mastered the art of the computer for the first time in his life.
As well as mainstream supermarkets he has ventured onto the internet in true silver surfer fashion, and has stumbled across a company that was already very dear to his heart! With his first order well and truly delivered, cooked and enjoyed, it was my turn to sample the delights of Holland's Pies for myself.
Holland's Pies have been around for over 150 years and are based in my home county of Lancashire, where I was born, and spent the early years of my childhood. My father was brought up on these pies, so discovering not only of their lasting existence, but also their mail order facility he was a very happy pensioner.
In 1851 a gentleman called John Whittaker started a confectionery shop in Haslingden in Lancashire, and one of his employees at the time was Richard Holland. In 1869 Richard took over the business, having married John's daughter, and it was then that it was renamed Holland's. In 1907 the pie making business moved to Baxenden, and deliveries were then made by horse and cart. By 1927 the pies saw their first delivery van, and this progressed to a fleet by 1937 as the pies gained in popularity.
I think it is important to say that until the war the business produced a mixture of cakes, and sweet pies, as well as savoury, but with the dawn of the Second World War came rationing, and sugar in particular became a scarce commodity. This really paved the way for the savoury pies to become dominant and this has continued to this day.
Since the early days the business has had several changes of ownership and is now part of Northern Foods.
Now as a vegetarian, I have to say that until they recently introduced the only vegetarian pie in the range, that an order from them would have been out of the question. Having said that my father sticks to what he loves best, and his orders consist of his favourite two-Meat and Potato Pie and Steak and Kidney Pudding! These he assures me are out of this world, and the former in particular, lives up to that standard produced by my mum over the years, in his opinion!
There are many pies to choose from on the website, but as a vegetarian I purchased the Cheese and Onion Pies. Only in existence for just under a year these pies have already gained the seal of approval from The Vegetarian Society. The recipe for these pies was born through rigorous testing by their panel of pie tasters-a job I would really love to be asked to do!
It is worth noting to their credit that these pies are filled with cheese produced locally from cows that have been grazed on the Bowland fells or Fylde pastures. This ensures that the pies really are a local delicacy representative of their long heritage.
Ordering is easy. As long as you order the minimum number of pies, which is 10, you can have a delivery. The pies are cheap- £ 1.20 each and postage is £5.95 which includes a fully insulated box, which ensures the pies are fit for human consumption when they arrive. On receipt of the pies you can either freeze them, or pop them into the fridge where they will keep well up to the use by date.
I placed my order and the pies arrived 48 hours later. The firm have an accurate delivery table on their website showing times of delivery in relation to ordering dates. This is helpful, as it is important there is someone in to receive these goods, as it will not be safe to eat them if they are in the post more than the time stated. Of course if you live in the North of England, especially the North West, you will find these in supermarkets and shops galore, but in the South of England where I live these delicacies are a rarity!
The Cheese and Onion Pie is 451 calories and has a staggering 49g fat. The pie is made from Water, Wheatflour, Shortening, and Mature Cheddar Cheese (8%) Onion (4%), Margarine, Modified Tapioca Starch, Cornflour, Potato Powder, Salt, Flavourings, Flour Treatment Agent, Glaze, Vegetable Oil, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Emulsifiers, Colour (Annatto), and Pepper.
Now it has to be said it isn't a healthy meal-what pie is? - But once in a while it is a treat, and maybe served just with vegetables or salad, rather than chips, might be the way to reduce the damage!
The pie itself is a good size, but not a deep variety; it has a lovely crisp pastry filled to the brim with the cheese filling. Oven cooking is recommended, and this results in a golden brown pie with lovely light brown crimped edges. The cheese is lovely-strong and mature, and it is seasoned just right to give it a rich and tasty flavour. I really enjoyed this pie, and was able to report back to Dad that it was a delight to eat!
Will I be ordering again? -well not too often as I like to keep my jeans size stable! Furthermore the choice for veggies is very limited to one pie-I would love to see a vegetable version, as this would slash the calories and cholesterol, and provide more choice for non meat eaters. I suppose I also have a slight concern in my mind as a vegetarian about buying from them, as meat is so much a part of their product base, that it somehow conflicts with my beliefs. However I am glad to see them branching out, and maybe if enough veggies take to their cheese pies, new ones will emerge in this category before too long.
Value for money these certainly are, and Lancashire through and through! My father was born just after they bought their first van, and decorated it with in the Holland colours which are a distinctive green, red and gold! These rich colours still adorn their vans which are a common sight in the North West.
I have to confess to really loving the odd pie, though it's probably why I am a size 12/14 and not a 10 as my daughters are! These pies are traditional hearty affairs, and if you do buy the Meat and Potato version you have to, in true Lancashire tradition, serve this with red cabbage!
We enjoyed the Cheese and Onion pies with a green salad to keep the calories low, and to preserve our waistlines my husband and I actually shared one to minimise the damage! My son now well over 6 feet tall had room for one by himself, and he said how good he thought it was. He felt the pastry was just right-melted in the mouth and the cheese filling -perfect in every way!
If you fancy a pie with a history then this one is for you. A piece of Lancashire history in every bite! One thing you can be sure of- this pie company has a history older than any Dooyoo reader!
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.