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We live not too far from a giant Morrison's store, I have become an ardent fan and regularly do my weekly shopping there. Shopping in Morrison`s is a pleasant outing, we stop for coffee and a cake and have a good browse around all of the promotions and special offers in store. This Large Morrison's has a Homeware department and there isn't a week goes by without I admire something there. Last week it was scatter cushions, two for £10, the week before it was place mats.
Like all large retailers Morrison's are well stocked with a hundred and one Christmas goodies at the moment. The aisles are bulging with luxurious fayre. The bakery department is no exception and they have risen to the challenge and yet again have produced a tasty mince pie.
There are six delicious mince pies in each box and each pie sits individually presented in a tin foil container. When you see them you immediately know that the pastry is a very `short` shortcrust because the lovely soft pastry has crumbled away from the edges in places. Each mince pie has a tiny pastry `snowflake` sitting on the top of it and the pie has a liberal sprinkling of sugar. We prefer to eat our mince pies warm it always seem to bring the flavour out so much more. When you take your first bite into the mince pie the filling is very rich and tasty and the fruit has obviously had a touch of rum or brandy essence to add that festive taste. A generous sweet filling, definitely a case of more filling than pastry here. The pastry just melts away with the filling and if anything the crust could be a touch thicker. The combination of warm fruit and spices mingling with the buttery shortcrust pastry is delightful. I always used to make my own mince pies, but as the years have gone by it seems so easy just to pop a box into your shopping trolley and if im honest I think that the mince pies are maybe better than my own
The bakers are so inventive now and it never ceases to amaze me how many variations of mince pie appear on the shelves. I always buy half a dozen puff pastry pies, Hubby loves that rich flaky pastry. In the cafe they were serving Viennese mince pies, we sampled one each and they tasted wonderful, but we had to go and get a napkin because the Viennese topping was so light and crumbly. There seems to be a good few iced mince pies about this year but I much prefer mine without any icing.
Mince pies can vary so much, there are some that aren't even worth eating. But the Morrison's pies are in the running here, a box of six cost me slightly over £1.20 and although they weren't the Rolls Royce of mince pies they were very good. Mince pies are a seasonal buy for me and im happy enough to stick with these.