Eyes on the pies: We rank Christmas mince pies from major supermarkets

Two professional bakers and a pair of food-loving influencers give their take on the mince pies on the supermarket shelves this festive season.

2021-12-09 09:13:00 AM

Two professional bakers and a pair of food-loving influencers give their take on the mince pies on the supermarket shelves this festive season.

Two professional bakers and a pair of food-loving influencers give their take on the mince pies on the supermarket shelves this festive season.

It's free and fair!Food editor Hilary Biller and food expert Jenny Kay bought the mince pies from five supermarkets — Checkers, Food Lover’s Market, Pick n Pay, Spar and Woolworths. All five stores carry classic mince pies, with some offering twists on the classic.

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For a fair judging, the classic pies were presented to the panel at room temperature (heating hinders accurate judging of the pastry) in a blind tasting — which means that, stripped of their packaging, the pies were numbered and presented to the judges, who rated them on a score sheet. The mince pies were judged on appearance, aroma, pastry and filling. Each category was given a score out of 10, making a total out of 40.

We were looking for a mince pie that said Christmas in a mouthful — it had to have the look of a typical mince pie with that familiar festive aroma, a buttery pastry, a generous filling of identifiable fruit-mince ingredients, and leave you with that feeling you could easily go for a second helping, it was that good. headtopics.com

The judging panel included:Mpho Mkwanazi — wine, food and travel influencerSibusiso Mkwanazi — art, culture, lifestyle, food and travel writer/influencerStuart McClarty — baker/confectioner and owner of The Underground BakeryCaro Tapson — baker and co-owner of micro bakery Linden Loaves

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The Woolies fruit mince pie above Spar Freshline's festive fruit mince pie.

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