Looking for the best mince pies to serve to guests this Christmas? Read on to find the results of our mince pie taste test.
Want to know which supermarkets make the best mince pies? Click here to see the results of our Christmas supermarket awards.
How the best luxury mince pie taste test worked
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 a first place winner for traditional and non-traditional mince pies, and then other alternatives that we tried.
The results for the best mince pie taste test
Winner: Dunn’s bakery traditional shortcrust mince pies
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 winning mince pies had a crisp yet crumbly pastry with a sugary crust. They had a generous plump filling and looked charmingly homemade.
Price: £8/8 mince pies, dunns-bakery.co.uk
Best alternative mince pies
Winner: Richard Bertinet’s mince pies
About the mince pies: These mince pies are made in Bath and have a filling of mincemeat and rum, topped with frangipane and flaked almonds.
Comments: These were the best non-traditional mince pies we tried, with a rich almond flavour and crunchy flaked almonds on top. We loved the crisp, buttery shortcrust pastry and the beautiful presentation in a wooden box.
Price: £16.50/12 mince pies, thebertinetkitchen.com
Other mince pies that we tried
Hobb’s House Bakery mince pies
About the mince pies: Hobb’s House Bakery have been making mince pies for over 30 years, and these ones are filled with mincemeat, currants, citrus peel and mixed spice.
Comments: Hobb’s House Bakery mince pies had a classic flavour and texture. The filling was juicy and plump with a nice balance surrounded by a shortcrust pastry that had a good crunch.
Price: £5.25/6 mince pies, hobbshousebakery.co.uk
Konditor and Cook
About the mince pies: These all-butter pastry mince pies have a vegetarian mincemeat filling that uses orange oil.
Comments: With a uniform filling packed with fruity mincemeat, these mince pies had a pastry case that wasn’t too thick or too thin. Their appearance is slightly different to other mince pies with a glaze on top.
Price: £15/12 mince pies, konditorandcook.com
Apley farm shop
About the mince pies: Apley farm shop in Shropshire make their mince pies with mixed fruit, sugar, brandy, suet and spices.
Comments: These mince pies looked the prettiest of them all, with the delicate crumbly pastry poinsettia on top. The filling was generously packed with mixed fruit and had a lovely gentle spice.
Price: £3.99/6 mince pies, clicboxshop.co.uk
About the mince pies: These mince pies are filled with dried fruit, candied peel, mixed spice and orange oil. They have a festive star decoration on top.
Comments: Lottie Shaw’s mince pies had a plump, juicy filling packed with lots of dried fruit surrounded by a thick pastry crust. If you like lots of pastry these are the ones for you.
Price: £3.20/4 mince pies, lottieshaws.co.uk
Looking for classic mince pie recipes and gluten free mince pies? Click here to see our mince pie recipe with shortbread pastry and gluten free mince pies.
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