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Mince pies!

  • 03-12-2015 8:33am
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 3,417 ✭✭✭ Curb Your Enthusiasm


    Hey guys,

    So, what's your favourite mince pie recipe, or do you rather a specific shop-bought brand? Just picked up two boxes in Dunne's :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,322 ✭✭✭ Day Lewin


    My own: made with a type of flaky pastry from an old-fashioned recipe using lard and butter.

    This gives a kind of flaky brown pastry, very different from the soft, crumbly biscuit-type pastry always found in shop-bought ones.

    I use commercial mincemeat, but am not mad about it: tastes pretty much the same as all the other Christmas stuff, no?

    Lemon mincemeat is often quoted, and it is nice enough: but my palate craves for something spicier, more medieval.
    It is a very medieval-type dish, after all.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,270 Mod ✭✭✭✭ looksee


    If you eat gluten-free, Lidl have some surprisingly nice mince pies in the gf section.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,845 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    I had one from Mannings Bakery (Thomas St, Dublin) last night. Delish! It was a proper pie in a kind of shortcrust pastry (but not sweet) with a pastry lid. So good!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,417 ✭✭✭ Curb Your Enthusiasm


    Just had one of the Dunnes all butter mince pies. Very nice, generous with the filling. 2 boxes for €4 too so not too pricey at all.

    what are the other shops like for them? :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,130 ✭✭✭ RentDayBlues


    looksee wrote: »
    If you eat gluten-free, Lidl have some surprisingly nice mince pies in the gf section.

    They are amazing! And so cheap compared to other gf ones. Had one for brekkie this morning as we slept in and I didn't get brekkie til everyone was in school.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,130 ✭✭✭ RentDayBlues


    I've made my own gf ones this year, haven't tasted them yet so hoping they work out ok, made up my own pastry recipe so it's a total mystery


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,893 ✭✭✭ afatbollix


    I find M&S do the best. Most mincemeat anyway.

    The best Ive ever had was home made ones we had at a pub. I might give making them a go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,322 ✭✭✭✭ Maryanne84


    katemarch wrote: »
    My own: made with a type of flaky pastry from an old-fashioned recipe using lard and butter.

    This gives a kind of flaky brown pastry, very different from the soft, crumbly biscuit-type pastry always found in shop-bought ones.

    I use commercial mincemeat, but am not mad about it: tastes pretty much the same as all the other Christmas stuff, no?

    Lemon mincemeat is often quoted, and it is nice enough: but my palate craves for something spicier, more medieval.
    It is a very medieval-type dish, after all.

    Where do you get the lard? I find it the best for mince pies, but can't seem to get it in Ireland.

    This is my recipe for Mincemeat. It's best made June/July for best flavour.
    1 Lb each raisins and sultanas
    4 fl oz brandy (Whiskey will do just as good)
    rind and juice of 1 lemon
    1/2 Lb Atora veg suet or proper suet if preferred
    1/2 Lb dark brown sugar
    4 oz each chopped mixed peel and cherries
    1/2 small nutmeg, grated or rounded teasp ground nutmeg. Other spices to your own taste.
    1 large cooking apple, peeled and grated (Mix with lemon juice)
    Mix all together in big bowl and leave overnight. Bottle next day, adding more brandy if desired.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,322 ✭✭✭ Day Lewin


    @Maryanne

    Lard can be very hard to find. Some years it is in supermarkets, other years I have to go to a specialist Polish or Russian shop. Once I found real fresh-made lard at a butcher's shop in Meath Street but I think that one has closed.

    Just got in from Tesco, hunting for lard - no luck.

    However it does have a different crystalline structure from other fats and gives a very distinctive "crisp" texture in bread, pastry, some biscuits, etc. The best pastry for mince pies, unmistakably - in my opinion!

    PS that mincemeat looks brilliant: I will try it - even if made much too late - thank you!


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    miamee wrote: »
    I had one from Mannings Bakery (Thomas St, Dublin) last night. Delish! It was a proper pie in a kind of shortcrust pastry (but not sweet) with a pastry lid. So good!
    Mannings bakery is just amazing. *drools*


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,780 ✭✭✭ amen


    I make my own if I have time and if not either the Lidl shortcut pastry or the Dunnes Stores flaky pasty.

    Very tasty after 10 seconds in the microwave and some cream.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,185 ✭✭✭ Speedsie


    James Whelan butchers sell lard.... And you can buy it from them online. I get it in Avoca Rathcoole.... Fantastic stuff.
    http://www.jameswhelanbutchers.com/


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,322 ✭✭✭✭ Maryanne84


    Speedsie wrote: »
    James Whelan butchers sell lard.... And you can buy it from them online. I get it in Avoca Rathcoole.... Fantastic stuff.
    http://www.jameswhelanbutchers.com/

    Thanks, Speedsie. Appreciate that info!

    That's beef dripping, not lard.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,185 ✭✭✭ Speedsie


    Maryanne84 wrote: »
    Thanks, Speedsie. Appreciate that info!

    That's beef dripping, not lard.

    Yeah, saw that on the website, but they have packets of lard in the shop!

    Don't think I'd buy meat products online myself though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,322 ✭✭✭✭ Maryanne84


    Speedsie wrote: »
    Yeah, saw that on the website, but they have packets of lard in the shop!

    Don't think I'd buy meat products online myself though!

    Battled my way through the storm and got it! €4 for a 1lb tub. Now to get to work.

    (Agree, I'd be wary of buying meat products online, but Whelans have their reputation to protect so I'd imagine their high delivery charges are justified, in that every caution is taken with handling and storage of their products in transit)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,130 ✭✭✭ RentDayBlues


    Cooked some of mine last night just to taste, was really surprised with the pastry, was so flaky and tasty, which for gf pastry is saying a lot.

    I thought there was way too much mince, will defo be using less as I found it a little sickly sweet


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,214 ✭✭✭✭ freshpopcorn


    I generally like mince pies . Supermarket bought ones can be hit and miss along with bakery bought ones.
    I much prefer puff pastry to short crust pastry.


  • Registered Users Posts: 931 ✭✭✭ Laphroaig52


    I've never had any luck with the more traditional flaky, lard based pastries.

    This one is probably not for purists but has been popular in my home for years and makes a pastry that is always easy to work with:

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2174/unbelievably-easy-mince-pies

    The pies can be a bit fragile when they come out of the oven so butter the tray well and let them cool before you take them out.

    For the mincemeat, I make my own and I have tried a few recipes over the years. Mrs. Delia Smith's is hard to beat. But if you haven't made it by now, you're too late........


  • Registered Users Posts: 983 ✭✭✭ Daisy78


    Make mine from a Nigella recipe. I use half lard (frytex) and half butter. Use Avoca mincemeat for the filling. They are delish if I do say so myself!


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,322 ✭✭✭✭ Maryanne84


    Daisy78 wrote: »
    Make mine from a Nigella recipe. I use half lard (frytex) and half butter. Use Avoca mincemeat for the filling. They are delish if I do say so myself!

    Would frytex be like cookeen?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 983 ✭✭✭ Daisy78


    Maryanne84 wrote: »
    Would frytex be like cookeen?

    Yes its the same. She mentioned that flora white can be used also if you can't get trex or cookeen. But most large supermarkets have at least one of those brands.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,264 ✭✭✭✭ Alicat


    I generally like mince pies . Supermarket bought ones can be hit and miss along with bakery bought ones.
    I much prefer puff pastry to short crust pastry.

    The Dunnes ones are lovely, but the puff pastry ones can be hard to get sometimes. I got three boxes yesterday!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,531 ✭✭✭✭ Grandeeod


    I've been to a lot of Christmas fairs, but have never tasted a mince pie that equals a decent brand one. Also tasted a lot of homemade ones from supposed "masters" but nah, I'll go with branded again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,802 ✭✭✭✭ Cienciano


    I got the bog standard Dunnes ones, they were the worst mince pies I've ever had. The lids fall off, they're pretty much hollow. Their fancy range have to be better.
    Lidl ones that are loose in the bakery section are really good. €1.50 for 5.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 17,231 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Das Kitty


    I love the Aldi all-butter.

    I must make some of my own at the weekend.


  • Registered Users Posts: 715 French_Girl


    So what's the verdict?
    Dunnes or Aldi? I still haven't got mine and need to finish up my Christmas shopping on Saturday.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,440 ✭✭✭ The Rape of Lucretia


    Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince Pies.
    (not any other Aldo ones though)


    I've tried them all, and these are the best out there this year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 715 French_Girl


    Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince Pies. (not any other Aldo ones though)

    I've tried them all, and these are the best out there this year.


    Fully noted.
    Thank you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,130 ✭✭✭ olaola


    Really keen on puff pastry versions - M&S or Supervalu do great ones. The in store bakery shortcrust pastry ones from Lidl are AMAMONOZOMING.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,277 ✭✭✭✭ Waylon Angry Janitor


    Iceland do some really nice ones surpisingly..

    Aldi All Butter are great too


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