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 Post subject: Sainsbury's free from deep filled mince pies
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:44 am 
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Dearest PPK, it is a dark time for free from mince pies. Just last year, I had discovered these particular gems, and they were possibly the best shop bought mince pies I had ever tasted. And they were suitable for vegans! (and gluten free). The smooth, rich pastry made several omnis exclaim how nice they were and "you can have pastry without butter?" I'm pretty sure it was due to the inclusion of ground almonds high up on the list of ingredients in the pastry. I had found the perfect convenience mincepie for the festive season.

Alas, this year they are terrible! Ground almonds seem to have plummeted to the bottom of the pastry ingredients list (it's mostly tapioca starch now) and as a result, the pastry is brittle and does not have the same richness as before. The filling is pretty rubbish too, very tasteless, I'm sure there was more of a tartness to it last year.

Anyhow, that's my rant over. You can of course make your own, I was just disappointed to find my favourite mince pies are now one of the worst I've tasted!

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Gluten free pastry that tastes good? They probably mislabeled them last year ;)

I've heard several reports of vegan (looking) mince pies this year, but haven't personally confirmed them yet.

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Mince pie = squirrel poo with pastry wrapped round it.

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Squirrel poo = free lo-carb mince pies

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Have you tried the new Genius mince pies? They're the best ones I've ever tried, my partner prefers them to M&S normal ones! They're available in Tesco.


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Have you tried the new Genius mince pies? They're the best ones I've ever tried, my partner prefers them to M&S normal ones! They're available in Tesco.


According to the ingredients list on the Tesco website they have egg and whey in them.

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dropscone wrote:
GlutenFreeIsGood wrote:
Have you tried the new Genius mince pies? They're the best ones I've ever tried, my partner prefers them to M&S normal ones! They're available in Tesco.


According to the ingredients list on the Tesco website they have egg and whey in them.



I think they might have a touch of spam in them too.

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Efcliz wrote:
Mince pie = squirrel poo with pastry wrapped round it.

That's a pretty good description. Mince pies ming.

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Badgermog wrote:
dropscone wrote:
GlutenFreeIsGood wrote:
Have you tried the new Genius mince pies? They're the best ones I've ever tried, my partner prefers them to M&S normal ones! They're available in Tesco.


According to the ingredients list on the Tesco website they have egg and whey in them.



I think they might have a touch of spam in them too.


Yeah, I thought that too, I was just warning the unwary so they didn't make a wasted trip.

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baps wrote:
Efcliz wrote:
Mince pie = squirrel poo with pastry wrapped round it.

That's a pretty good description. Mince pies ming.


Aye.


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Jeez, if all you people hate mince pies so much, why did you open the thread? Haterz

More for me anyway

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Badgermog wrote:
one of the worst I've tasted!
Badgermog wrote:
More for me anyway

Disconnect??

Enjoy your pies.


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Meggs wrote:
Badgermog wrote:
one of the worst I've tasted!
Badgermog wrote:
More for me anyway

Disconnect??

Enjoy your pies.


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Oh, you're all so blinded by your mince pie hate you can't see that Badgermog is a *fan* of the beautiful mince pie, and thereby disappointed by only the gluten free variation - whereas all your hating rants are about mince pies of all persuasions.

ZING back at yer, numpties.

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Ruby Rose wrote:
Oh, you're all so blinded by your mince pie hate you can't see that Badgermog is a *fan* of the beautiful mince pie, and thereby disappointed by only the gluten free variation - whereas all your hating rants are about mince pies of all persuasions.

ZING back at yer, numpties.



Beat me to it.

I'll be eating all the regular tasty mince pies that the PPK leave in the shops for me, thanks.

I will also be veganising a Nigella recipe for star topped mince pies because they look yummy and have orange juice in the pastry and I shall make some mincemeat with brandy in for extra fancypants factor.

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I wasn't trying to be a bisque. Help me understand the UK ways.
I don't understand mince. Isn't there a fruit mince and also a meat mince?

"extra fancypants factor." I like that. I want that. Do I dare try a mince pie?
One camp says extra tasty, the other says squirrel poo!


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Yes there is Meggs. Mince pies refer to fruit based pies. They are gross. But I still try and eat one every year to see if I've changed my mind.

I did try and fancy some up a couple of christmasses ago by putting a spoonful of custard in each one along with the mincemeat. They came out a volcanic mess, but tasted better than regular ones I suppose.

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baps wrote:

I did try and fancy some up a couple of christmasses ago by putting a spoonful of custard in each one along with the mincemeat. They came out a volcanic mess, but tasted better than regular ones I suppose.


That made me gagg a little.


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I wasn't trying to be a bisque. Help me understand the UK ways.
I don't understand mince. Isn't there a fruit mince and also a meat mince?
Historically, it was a blend of minced meat and fruits and spices, but eventually the meat part disappeared and now it's mostly spiced fruit. "Mince meat" can refer specifically to mince pie filling, but generally means ground up animals. It's not used in other fruit contexts that I can think of.

It's a bit like a heavily spices eccles cake in pie format (although, if you've never had a mince pie, you've probably never had an eccles cake). Like many Christmas things, it's something you only eat once a year and probably for a good reason.

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As well as brandy, if I want to gee up some shop bought mincemeat I add in grated apple, glace cherries and hazelnuts.

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Best homemade mince pies are when you put balls of marzipan in the bottom. Leave that custard alone!


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Gulliver wrote:
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I wasn't trying to be a bisque. Help me understand the UK ways.
I don't understand mince. Isn't there a fruit mince and also a meat mince?
Historically, it was a blend of minced meat and fruits and spices, but eventually the meat part disappeared and now it's mostly spiced fruit. "Mince meat" can refer specifically to mince pie filling, but generally means ground up animals. It's not used in other fruit contexts that I can think of.

It's a bit like a heavily spices eccles cake in pie format (although, if you've never had a mince pie, you've probably never had an eccles cake). Like many Christmas things, it's something you only eat once a year and probably for a good reason.



Traditional fruit mincemeat still include plenty of animal fat in the form of suet too.

Also, I think there is a law which Oliver Cromwell made outlawing the consumption of mince pies on Christmas day in England which has never been changed. Don't hold me to that though.

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I think you're right actually; it's something to do with idolatry and eating pies instead of going to church (I know I do). There are lots of English laws that are still in place only because no one has bothered repealing them. As one of the few countries that has never had a revolution that we didn't repeal, our legal system is full of ignored laws that were never "cleansed"; we have an unwritten constitution that exists only in principle and has never been codified.

Consequently, in England, mince pies are both illegal and available in a supermarket near you.

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I did try and fancy some up a couple of christmasses ago by putting a spoonful of custard in each one along with the mincemeat. They came out a volcanic mess, but tasted better than regular ones I suppose.


That made me gagg a little.

you're lucky you didn't have to eat one!!

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