What?! An offering from Heston Blumenthal that takes a conventional idea and turns it on its head?!
1. Mince Meat
Dense and chewy, Heston’s Chocolate and Cherry mince pies score top marks here for their interesting addition of sour cherry into the traditional mincemeat mix. There’s not a lot of filling however, it must be said — as you can probably tell from the photos, they’re short and more cake-like than an official Christmas™️ mince pie which does lead to a less than desirable pastry to filling ratio.
Which brings us to…
Old Heston uses this type of pastry for all his mincies, and besides the fact it’s not a mince pie pastry by any stretch of the imagination, it’s pretty darn good. Crunchy yet also soft, he walks the tightrope of firm but not dry, in what can only be described as a miracle of baking.
These do lose points as mentioned above for not going the extra mile and having more slightly more filling which could have transformed this experimental pie into a Christmas main-stay.
The packaging (like most Waitrose, and all Heston products) is great. The glimmer of gold foil, the conservative but fashionable fonts, the illustrations, all lead you to buy into the experience of ‘tasting’ these mince pies. They’re not ordinary elevensies face-fillers, these Heston Mince Pies are an exotic treat. These are the middle-class equivalent of pastel-coloured macarons.
They’re also well-dusted with icing sugar, which while adding almost nothing to the taste and texture, does go a ways to improving how they look (and sets them apart from other pies that don’t).
Serving size 45 g
Servings per container 6
Amount per serving
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Heston’s Chocolate and Sour Cherry Crumble Mince Pies
Odd but exceptional.
Heston's only gone and done it again! We're not quite sure if it can actually be called a 'mince pie' but excuse us while we polish off the rest of box…