Product Type: Tesco Food
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Almost as good as homemade
Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
Member Name: song_of_calliope
Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
Advantages: Tastes great
Disadvantages: Huge amount of calories
This week at work it has been mince pie madness as everyone has decided to bring in edible treats for Christmas instead of passing around cards. Of all the many store-bought mince pies I have therefore sampled this week, I can easily say that the Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies are the best!
These come in a red box that looks as if it has been wrapped as a Christmas present, which is very cheery. When you open the box you'll see six pies in a foil baking tray. You can either pop the tray into the oven for 5 minutes, put the pies on a plate and put them in the microwave for 10 seconds, or eat them cold as I did.
Each pie is itself very attractive-looking. They come with pastry stars on top and the tops are also sprinkled with sugar. Biting into them, the mince doesn't come up all the way to the top of the pastry casing but maybe 2/3 of the way up, so I'm not quite sure why they're called deep filled, although each pie is quite large.
These mince pies cannot of course compete with homemade, but they are pretty close. The pastry is flakey - so much so that I got a bit caught in my throat at one point and ended up having a coughing fit, so be careful! The mince itself is rich in citrus flavours, and very sweet. However, it's not overly sweet as the pastry itself is barely sweetened at all so they balance each other out extremely well.
These pies go very well with thick cream and brandy sauce. Someone brought some of this in along with the pies and we all had fun experimenting with it. After intensive studies by myself and my colleagues, the best technique to use here is to remove the top of the pie and put a huge dollop of cream directly onto the mince. Now you have to eat the top separately because if you now try to place it back onto the pie and take a bite, it will squish the cream and you will get it all over you (luckily I'm not the one who discovered this!).
The only problem I have with these pies is that they contain 265 calories each! And it's very easy to go ahead and eat two of them!!! This is about how many calories I try to have in an entire meal, as I'm trying to slim at the moment, and my diet has taken a massive hit each time these have been brought into work.
These mince pies are on offer at the moment, in Tesco of course, at two boxes for £1.80. This is a great deal, so if you're going to buy mince pies from the shop this year, I highly recommend these ones.
Summary: If you're going for shop bought, get these
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