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Holland's Cheese and Onion Pies - Once Tried But That Was Enough
Holland's Cheese and Onion Pies
Member Name: Karonher
Holland's Cheese and Onion Pies
Date: 22/09/13, updated on 22/09/13 (75 review reads)
Advantages: They were cheap and OK cold
Disadvantages: Sloppy and easy to forget hot.
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.
Summary: I wont be rushing out to get any more - 2 stars for the cold version
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