Heston’s Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies with Tangerine Sugar Review
Right. Let’s get this over with quickly, shall we.
Product: Heston from Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies (4)
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.
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.
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.