Hubby and I are pretty flexible.
We are also honest, open-minded, unbiased and tell things as they are.
So, on a par with the Belgian Buns and Doughnuts, I would like to offer our services as official tasters for……..
We won’t mind if they’re of the mini, individual or family size variety, or if they have flaky, short crust, puff or filo pastry, we promise to give our unbiased opinion as to taste, content, visual appeal and value for money.
We have tried a few already. OK scratch that. We have had a lot, and once again they did not survive to see the following day of purchase.
Today I had a BOGOF of Mr K @ £1.50 or 2 boxes for £1.50 of the supermarket’s own at 89p each. I opted for the supermarkets, and once devoured, wished I’d gone for the brand!
Not bad, but the filling was disappointing, and the ratio of that to pastry was considerably less.
Last week, Mr K was £1 for six at another supermarket, with their own brand at the same price. I weighed the boxes, and opted for Mr K as it was heavier. Very nice, good ratio and a lot of flavour without being too sweet.
However, at the weekend, the price had gone up, though the supermarket’s own were still £1. They were actually better than Mr K. In fact, to be honest, they are the best we’ve had this year. Loads of filling, tasty and the pastry melted in the mouth.
Not all that long ago, we sampled a budget pack at 39p in one of the discount stores.
Don’t bother. All pastry, dry at that, and the filling, what little there was, was tasteless.
At the other end of the scale, we are not prepared to pay more than £1 (or equivalent with special offers) for a pack of 6, and in some of the more highbrow supermarkets, you are looking at £2 to £3 a box .
Of course you can’t beat homemade.
A 410g jar of mincemeat will set you back around £1 (12 pies) or an 820g jar is just under £2 (24 pies) these days. If your own pastry is iffy (like mine), you can cheat and buy ready made for about £2, and you can definitely get two dozen pies out of a twin pack.
So for £4 or so, you can make 24 individual mince pies.
Or on today’s offer, you can buy 24 pies for £3.
No wonder the pie business is booming.