Christmas wouldn’t be pie-fect without mince pies.
But if you don’t have time to bake a batch or three, where should you buy your mincies?
Our team of top tasters made mincemeat out of sampling a selection. We got our teeth into luxury versions from most of the major supermarkets, plus a bagful from high street bakers Gregg’s.
And would you believe your mince pies, the Gregg’s ones won. They pipped the Co-op’s by half a point.
Whichever you buy, though, remember to save one for Santa!
* (RATINGS OUT OF FIVE)
Spar Classic Christmas range
£1.89 for 12 (buy one box of 6, get one free)
These mincies were no treat for the eyes. They were the least attractive of the bunch, looking more like apple pies. The pastry was too soft. “Claggy”, said one. “Needs crisping up in the oven,” said another.
We found the mincemeat filling bland. “These have got to be the cheap ones,” someone said.
Greg’s Sweet Mince Pies
£1.40 for 6, £2 for 12
Good, lemony mincemeat but the pastry is even better. It was a bit thick around the edges, but it made them taste like home-made. They looked it, too - slightly misshapen.
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Brandy-Rich
£2 for 6.
Though the brandy wasn’t all that evident and the pastry was a little too soft, the majority found these a pretty and palatable pie.
Tesco Deep-filled with Courvoisier VS Cognac
£2 for 6.
These looked almost home-made, which is a compliment - with crimped edges and a dusting of sugar. Pastry was great - thin, crisp and buttery, but the filling was bland. Had someone simply waved that Courvoisier in their general direction?
Co-operative Truly Irresistible Luxury All-Butter
£2 for 6 or 12 for £2.80
These actually rather irresistible little pies from the Co-op won approval.
They looked stylishly home-made, with browned, crimped edges, a sprinkling of sugar and pastry holly leaves - complete with pastry berries.
The pastry was light and crispy but had bite and the filling was moist and flavoursome.
Lidl Deluxe range with Brandy Mincemeat
£1.69 for 6
With holly pastry leaf trim, Lidl’s offering looks quite stylish. Though the pastry was too soft and the mincemeat too bland. Had the brandy evaporated?
Morrisons Mini Mince Pie Selection
£2 for 9.
These ones were too fancy and too sweet and basically they were trying too hard.
However, one of our testers did fancy giving the Viennese ones another whirl.