“ Manufacturer: The Lime Tree Pantry / Food Type: Pies „
i bought the raspberry and apple pie at lincoln market, dec 4th.my wife and I had some tonight with vanilla ice cream. absolutely heavenly.the pastry tastes home made and the filling has a good balance of sweet and tart. tomorrow we're having another portion with custard.we want another pie, quick!graham ellis, leeds
The Lime Tree Pantry goods are not sold in shops. I'll say that first off. I first saw them on QVC, and then found them at a craft fair that I was wasting some time at. This is where I first tried them.
So. You can buy from them direct online, at craft fairs (or Christmas ones) around the country, or via QVC. I guess that does kind of make them a "posh" commodity. I mean, you won't find them mass produced in Asda or similar.
Actually, you won't find them mass produced at all, because all the things they make are done by hand.
Yes I said BY HAND. They make the fillings themselves. They have highly trained people making pastry (and rolling it out) by hand, using no animal fats so the pastry is suitable for veggies. They use only the best cuts of meat available for the savoury pies (they do make fish and veggie savoury pies too). The fruit in the dessert pies are fresh, whole fruits. This they tell us on the side of the box, on the website, and quote it on the shopping channels.
So, a traditional pie, made the traditional way. Is it good?
Right, blurb over, let's talk about the Apple and Raspberry Pie I've just devoured (with help!)
The pastry is crumbly and tasty. I wouldn't say it was sweet, it didn't detract from the taste of the filling, which was good.
The filling itself was chock-full of fruit. You could tell from the texture there was apple in there, but the look and taste was dominated by the raspberries. This wasn't a bad thing at all. The raspberries gave the pie an amazing colour filling, giving a bitter twist to the sweetness of the apple. The crumbly texture of the pastry as well, gave the whole thing a very pleasing experience. Maybe not the same level as my Nan's pies from my childhood but it was a very nice way to finish a Sunday Roast.
Of course, you could serve them with anything you like. Custard, cream or ice cream. I went with ice-cream to prevent the filling from burning my mouth, but the choice is yours.
The pies (sweet or savoury) are cooked before you buy them. All you do is reheat. 12-17 mins for fruit or between 25 and 45 mins for savoury depending on the size. The fruit pies come in at 7 ¾" diameter, and is perfect for six portions. If you're piggies, then it'll serve less. If you're stingy, it'll serve more!
The pie I had cost £4.50 from a Christmas Fair. I've bought savoury at a previous fair, and the price varies depending on filling and size.
NOTE: All the pies have the same pastry. I've found that though it's great for the fruit pies, it's not what I want for a meat pie - it just crumbles and tastes dry next to the savoury filling.
The pies are all suitable for home freezing, and can be done so for 12 months, otherwise keep refrigerated.
Check them out at www.limetreepantry.com
I had never come across the Lime Tree Pantry brand until I saw them selling their selection of sweet & savory pies on QVC, the TV shopping channel. All the pies on offer looked great quality but I was vary of ordering food products through the TV. But when I saw them also being sold in a local store, I just had to buy some. I bought a combination of varieties including these Apple & Raspberry pies.
The pies can be eaten hot or cold depending on your personal preference. Personally I prefer them warmed slightly with some custard, not too much though as I don't want it overpowering the pie itself.
In terms of taste, it really is very tasty indeed. The pasty will melt in your mouth with the fruit tasting very fresh, almost liked they've just been freshly picked. The combination of the apple & raspberry compliment each other very well and make for a very tasty overall experience.
This Apple & Raspberry Pie tastes lovely & I would highly recommend to you all. I have also enjoyed tucking into their other variety of sweet & savory pies and can say they are of just as high quality as these.