Six members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the most flavoursome luxury mince pies. We tasted eight mince pies from various brands. The group choose two joint winners, a runner-up and the best alternative mince pie. We then listed other mince pies that we tried.
The results for the best mince pie taste test
About the mince pies: All-butter pastry filled with a mincemeat made from vine fruits, golden cherries, almonds, stem ginger and spices, all soaked in sherry.
Comments: These were the most traditional mince pies, with a juicy, gently-spiced mincemeat and good ratio of filling to crisp pastry. We loved the decorative finish.
About the mince pies: Dunn’s bakery have been baking in Crouch End since 1820. These mince pies have a shortcrust pastry and a sweet mincemeat filling, using a recipe that has been passed down through the generations.
Comments: These are perfect for those with a sweet tooth as they have a sugar coating. While these mince pies didn’t have very well-defined layers, we liked the spice and citrus notes of the mincemeat.
About the mince pies: Made by the Authentic Bread Company is Gloucestershire, these mince pies have a mincemeat filling made with apples, dried fruits, cognac, almonds, mixed spice and the zest and juice of oranges and lemons.
Comments: The pastry for these mince pies was dusty and crumbled in the hand resulting in a dry texture overall.