Product Type: Tesco Food
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Deep but not very meaningful!
Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
Member Name: chrisandmark
Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
Advantages: Plenty of filling
Disadvantages: Stodgy tasteless pastry, the fruit is quite bland tasting
I haven't had many cravings through this pregnancy, ice cubes has been about it but over the past couple of months I've wanted soft sweet pastry things. I think I ate Greggs out of Pineapple Tarts in November, so thank god Crimbo is here and mince pies are so readily available!
I've tried lots of different brands and ranges now, in my head I've got a league table going and know which ones I like the most. I haven't been keen on any of the iced mince pies I've tried and unfortunately these Tesco Deep Filled ones didn't rank too highly either.
They look very processed when you take them out of the box, you can eat them cold or warm the mince pies up. To be honest, they don't look very tasty cold as the bottom of the pastry is darker brown than usual and the top looks like it's got too much sugar on with a very pale appearance. They cook in the oven in seven minutes, which isn't long to wait for the best mince pie possible! In the microwave it takes around 20 seconds but be careful if you do this as the filling does get hot enough to burn your skin very quickly, I actually burned my finger last night after microwaving a pie and ending up with molten raisins and sauce!
The pastry doesn't have a very buttery taste or texture, this was disappointing as the day before I'd had a Co-Op mince pie which was deliciously buttery. I also thought the pastry used for these Tesco ones was much more dense than other mince pies, this left them tasting and feeling stodgy with quite a sickly after-feel. I was right about there being too much sugar on top of the mince pie, it dropped all down me and stuck to my teeth for a few minutes after munching the pie.
These are definitely what you'd call deep filled, there is a good amount of fruit in a thick and rich sauce. I think the filling was sweeter than I would have liked it to be, it just tasted very mass produced and lacked the spiciness needed to make it taste like a fresh mince pie. Mark didn't like the sticky feel of the sauce, I didn't notice this but he had his with custard so maybe something in the filling reacts with the milky custard.
The sultanas and currants are plump and juicy in texture but this doesn't mean they taste like that too! The mince pies just don't taste very fruity so even though the consistency is there, some of the sultanas still had stalks attached too and that put me off a bit! Only tiny little stalks, but still stalks where only fruit should be! Another thing is that a few of the sultanas looked very grape-like, as if they hadn't been processed properly and this wasn't good because it showed just how little thought had gone into making the pies.
£1 from Tesco.
Summary: Shop around and find a better mince pie than this!
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