Heston’s Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies with Tangerine Sugar Review

heston blumenthal waitrose shortcrust mince pies tangerine sugar

Right. Let’s get this over with quickly, shall we.


Product:
Heston from Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies (4)

Price: £3.29

Availability: Excellent


THE PRODUCT

heston blumenthal waitrose shortcrust mince pies tangerine sugar

The box is better a bit sturdier than last year’s Puff Pastry Mince Pies, and Scented Sugar Sachet is satisfactorily stylish set side-by-side with last year’s substandard submission.

heston blumenthal waitrose shortcrust mince pies tangerine sugar

The sheer sides of the mince pies give them an odd, squat look. Like they were moulded in a DIY store.

That’s really unappetisingly dark pastry though, at first we thought that this batch had been burned and that this post and it’s photos might cause a disciplinary for the guy in quality control.

Cooking time is much shorter. Good news, these Mince Pies dont need to get any darker.


VERDICT

heston blumenthal waitrose shortcrust mince pies tangerine sugar

Better than last year’s offering – mainly by not being a mouthful of hot air and empty puff pastry. There’s a better ratio of crust to filling. Still too much for our preference though, nothing has yet beaten the perfect balance achieved by the St John Mini Eccles Cake:

The tangerine sugar is lovely and orangey. It’s a powerful flavour that masks some of the others, but again it’s better than last years toilet freshener.

The reason the pastry is dark is because it’s a spiced shortcrust (you remember, the name on the box). This means those pastry-only mouthfuls aren’t dull and flavourless.

And you will still end up with a mouthful or two of just the pastry. Like last years, we still reckon you’re best off whipping the sugar into some cream and serving these as a warm dessert.