“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cakes „
I have had 3 Christmas in the UK and was told mince pie is one of their traditional Christmas food. Indeed every year from October at my local Sainsbury's they start to promote Sainsbury's Deep Mince Pies. Then I always buy a box as a treat. The Packaging: Sainsbury's Deep Mince Pies is packaged in a red card box. There is a picture of the mince pies on the front. At the top right corner there is a nutritional information provided by a mince pie. At the bottom left corner there is the name of Sainsbury's 6 Deep Mince Pies. On the back of the box there are a full nutritional chart, ingredients, allergy advice and how to store and heat information, contact details for Sainsbury's, etc. Inside there are six mince pies contained in a silver metal foil container separately. The containers are set in a plastic tray to keep these mice pies secure within the box. The Mince Pies: Opening the box you can see the mince pies are in light creamy colour. On the top there is an embossed pattern of a leaf sprinkled with white granulated sugar. Butter enriched shortcrust pastry cases with a mincemeat filling. In opposite to the creamy pastry the felling is a dark brown colour. Ingredients: The mince pie contains 53% pastry, 46% mincemeat and 1% sugar. The pastry contains wheat flour, glucose syrup, palm oil, salt, whole milk powder, etc. The mincemeat contains Apples, Raisins, Currants, Grandied mixed Peel, etc. Nutritional Information Per Mince Pie: One Sainsbury's Deep Mince Pie contains 258 kcal Calories,12.9% based on GDA for women, and 9.8g Fat, 14% based on GDA for women. Price and availability: The mince pie is only available in Sainsbury's stores and currently it's on sale for £1.00 per box. My opinion: I can't say I like Sainsbury's Deep Mince Pie. The red package is eye-appealing and always gave me the Christmas feeling. The pastry is a littler buttery in flavour. To me it is a bit greasy. The mincemeat filling has too sweet fruit flavouring that made me scared. The experience with the mince pie reminded me of the mooncake, a traditional Chinese Middle-Autumn food. In some point mince pie and mooncake have something in common. All are a greasy and sweet bakery made for a traditional holiday. However to fully experience Christmas I will continue eating mince pie when it's in Christmas season. Sainsbury's Deep Mince Pie is the only one I have tried. I found them acceptable. However that said too much greasy and sweet food isn't good for you. I must remember it.
This afternoon my lovely flatmate went to Sainsburys and I was delighted when she bought me in a box of these mince pies as a treat! I love mince pies any time of year and these were one's I hadn't ever seen or tasted before so I couldn't wait to get stuck right in believe me! The Packaging: Red box with a picture of a bow on the front and a photograph of the mince pies on there. I am told that they are Sainsbury's '6' Deep Mince Pies and that they are suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes a full nutritional chart, ingredients and allergy advice is shown, I'm told to heat them in the oven (if desired) and contact details for Sainsbury's are listed. Inside each mince pie is in a silver foil container and all 6 are in a plastic tray to keep them secure within the box. All in all its nice, informative enough box. The Mince Pies: These really are 'deep' mince pies! Light creamy in colour and they have a slight baked golden colour to them in parts, the top has an embossed pattern of a leaf on the top and they are all sprinkled with white granulated sugar. The pastry is shortcrust pastry which is rather flaky and a littler buttery in flavour though it isn't one bit greasy. Inside each mince pie they are generously filled with a dark brown, sticky and lumpy mixture which is apples, raisins, currants, mixed peel and the liquid is it in them is really sweet and syrupy and you can taste hints of spices bringing out the fruit flavouring to the max which is a mix of coriander, Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caraway and cloves. All in all these are nice quality and they are of a decent size too. I like the all round moistness that these possess and the quality of the ingredients used....just make sure though that you like your mince pies sweet before purchasing these, cos these are certainly that! Nutritional Information Per Mince Pie: Calories: 258 Fat: 9.8g Saturated Fat: 4.7g Salt: 0.17g Total Sugars: 19.4g Only available in Sainsbury's stores costing £1.00 a box.
Its a deep mince pie, and what I am expecting is a bit of depth. that could be a depth in flavour or a depth in the ingredients, or quite simply a depth in the crusty container which holds the essential mincemeat. Sorry to go straight in so abruptly. Taking a pie from the box and looking at it, it doesn't strike me as being deeper in dimension than any other mince pie that may or may not make any claims of deepness - it does though look to be a reasonable size for a mince pie, so from here on in I will assume the depth to refer to the ingredients or the flavour. Well, as you will know from reading my other reviews, I am not one for typing in all the ingredients and other gubbins that is on the side of the box just to give a review a bit of padding - I mean who goes to the supermarket and reads the box or packaging on everything, in fact anything they buy? They are hardly going to really want to read it here are they? I am also not one for being even lazier and just going to the manufacturers website and cutting and pasting this information. So I won't bore you with the ingredients details, suffice to say that these deep mince pies seemed just as good as most other 'average' mince pies on the market - so I will presume the depth of ingredients is no shallower or deeper than any other half decent mince pie on the market. Maybe the depth lies in the flavour. Well lets be fair mince pies do have a bit of a 'deep' taste to them, or a richness if you like. This pie passed the test and tasted like any other mince pie on the market. I have only come across a few mince pies that are outstanding (not that I get excited about mince pies) and these tend to have a flaky pastry crust, casing, container or whatever you want to call it. You can do the same things with this mince pie as you can do with most others: i.e. eat it cold with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled wine or whatever else takes your festive fancy. You can have it with a blob of warm custard. You can warm it in the microwave in seconds and enjoy it with a b;ob of ice cream. It, to me, is still a straightforward and enjoyable mince pie which seemed no shallower or deeper than any other mince pie to have passed my lips over this Christmas. I can't say whether I would go out of my way to recommend these, they did the job. Yep! Short and sweet, is this review for that is all that is required. The mince pies did the job!
So on with the great mince pie off of 2009. Please see my other review of the 1st entry from Mr Kipling himself. Today's entrant is a Sainsbury's own brand; the Deep Mince Pie no less... Before I kick off, following the 'catastrophe of crumbs in keyboard shocker' experienced in from my last taste test, this is not a live review. But with only a 10 minute lag, I hope you'll forgive. I also experienced my first mince pie related injury of the year. More on that later. So what instantly impressed me about these mince pies was the name, and in particular the word 'Deep'. This ticks boxes for me somehow. A deep hole is by far more impressive hole than a shallow one. Ditto a deep puddle, a deep valley, a deep conversation, the deep end of a swimming pool etc. A deep mince pie sounds infinitely better than an un-deep mince pie. Or indeed a pie non-descriptive in its depth-ness. Opening the box, I can indeed see that it is deeper than your average mince pie, and has ample doming. Whoa. Stop typing. Have I really just used the expression 'ample doming' in describing a mince pie? I worry about myself sometimes. Anyway things were looking promising. That was until I spied that ever annoying calorie wheel on the front of the box. I promised I wasn't going to talk calories again, but I fished the empty Mr Kipling packet out of recycling and was devastated to find my less than healthy Mr Kipling had been surpassed in unhealthy-ness in every section by the Sainsburys pie! 1,000 curses! Oh well. A mince pie is not the cornerstone of a healthy meal nor will it feature in the what's what of dieting. It's a festive treat. If I go by the rule that anything remotely unhealthy usually tastes much better than be-good-to-yourself- slim-line-version, then this mince pie should be amazing. On top of the pie there are wee little pastry holly leaves, that's plural! - Far more impressive than Mr K's singular, very basic pastry xmas tree. There is also a sufficient dusting of sugar. So far this pie hasn't put a foot wrong - so far it is everything I look for in a mincey. So cracking it open, I can comment that the pastry is thicker than Mr Kiplings, without breaking that delicate pastry -mincemeat ratio. The pastry is crumbly, but not dry-crumbly. Can something be both moist and crumbly? Why yes it can. I am also pleased to report that the mincemeat filling comes very nearly to the roof of the pie, possible 1mm of 'breathing space'. I will grant them this.; Once again a major improvement on the sham that was Kipling - which had 5 whole millimetres of air! Can you very believe it?! So we're in and that early weighty description of depth is self fulfilling as there is plenty of mincemeat. And what mincemeat it is! The separate ingredients are obvious as to what they are; they hold their colour and the flavour is exquisite. The spices really come through leaving an aftertaste of cinnamon and clove. (blimey I sound like Greg from masterchef - all I need now is a "YUMMY" and I can replace him next season). And so on to the microwave test. I stuck it in for 20 seconds, took it out and bit in. Disaster struck. The pie had turned thermo nuclear in temperature and I scalded the roof of my mouth and tongue. Cue ice, water, iced water and much cursing. I feel like have just been gargling with paint stripper. Since when does 20 seconds on a microwave produce temperatures equal to the surface of the sun? I am positive it wasn't a question of sausage fingers and entering 2 minutes by mistake. Either I have solved the words energy crisis or Sainsbury's mince pies are super heat absorbent. Anyway the test is over. I can't even feel my mouth let alone taste with it. A bad end to an amazing mince pie. Outside Mince Pie: 8/10 Inside mince Pie: 9/10 Taste test: 8/10 Microwave test. That's an unfair one. It's not the pie's fault my microwave is seemingly wired up to the Death Star. I will stick my neck out here and go with a warm mince pie is always a notch up from a cold one and go with 9/10. I still have 4 of the bad boys left. Once I have got feeling back in my mouth and lined it with asbestos, I will repeat the microwave test. If I disagree with 9/10 I will post an edit. Average 8.5/10
Sainsburys deep mince pies......irresistably good and a great bargain As the feel of christmas creeps slowly in so does the craving for all things chrsistmasy.....crisp white snow,singing carols and of course christmas would not be complete without the faithful mince pie!!And with numerous brands out there to choose from I thought I would give you a hint towards what I feel are the best mince pies on the market!!And i have tried a few!! Sainsburys deep mince pies come in a pack of six for the bargain price of £1.This is on offer price although the standard price is only about £1.15 which for a mince pie as good as this I think is a bargain!The box is bright and festive,the box being printed with a gift wrapped design,looked like its wrapped with a bow and a large photo of two mince pies being the gift tag,giving you a peek of what goodies lay inside!The picture itself is the main feature of the box with the writing taking back place to it and being hidden away in the corner.As with all sainsburys own products there is a health circle on the box colour coded to how healthy the product is. The coding is as follows.(per pie) RED (High) calories - 258 total sugars-19.4 grammes ORANGE (Medium) Fat - 9.8 grammes Saturated fat - 4.7 grammes GREEN (Low) Salt - 0.17 grammes Suitable for vegetarians. I have looked at several others and the amounts seem to be a little lower than average compared to other brands. The mince pies themselves are deep filled and have a good amount of filling.The pies are decorated with holly leaves and a sprinkling of sugar. The pastry is sweet and golden with a slight buttery taste and doesnt flake away to nothing.Inside you will find the deliciously sweet and fruity mince pie filling.The colour is deep and the moisture just right.There are plenty of raisins and pieces of fruit that are visable to the eye and the taste is perfect.No bitterness just the perfect balance of sugar and fruit that combined with the pastry make what is one of the best mince pies i have ever had!! Deffinitely worth a pound of anybodies money!