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Started by hailesaladdie on Dec 7, 2018 5:22:36 PM
Mincemeat Eccles Cakes

This is my favourite Christmas innovation so far. Forget your sprout flavoured crisps and all that nonsense. What actually good culinary inventions have you come across this Winterval?

carterbrandon - 07 Dec 2018 23:01:46 (#1 of 16)

I make these mince pies with filo pastry, wrapped up like a little cartoon tramp's bundle.

nolongerstumpy - 07 Dec 2018 23:35:20 (#2 of 16)

The Paul Hollywood Christmas chelsea buns are very good indeed.

hailesaladdie - 07 Dec 2018 23:57:21 (#3 of 16)


<hurriedly adds a bunch of stuff to the online Christmas shopping order>

SheikYerbouti - 08 Dec 2018 08:47:55 (#4 of 16)

Last year Waitrose did chocolate and ginger mince pies. They were brilliant, thought only barely mince pies.

RosyLovelady - 08 Dec 2018 08:50:22 (#5 of 16)

Waitrose in the Finchley Road (and possibly other branches) used to sell a poppy seed streusel at Christmas time, but then they didn't any more, and now I don't know if it ever returned by public demand. It was bloody lovely.

HoHoHoff - 08 Dec 2018 08:51:16 (#6 of 16)

The head of production at Manor Bakeries (of Mr Kipling fame) once had the great idea to create chocolate-coated mince pies. These ones were dire but no one dared tell him.

They existed for just the one festive season before being quietly withdrawn.

SheikYerbouti - 08 Dec 2018 08:52:37 (#7 of 16)

Mr Kipling, I'm afraid, makes exceedingly poor cakes generally.

We used to do a mince pie competition at work and they were always near the bottom.

HoHoHoff - 08 Dec 2018 08:54:11 (#8 of 16)

I once had the job of taste testing their various cakes with the marketing team. It was bloody great (I didn't encounter the frankenpie).

SheikYerbouti - 08 Dec 2018 09:11:18 (#9 of 16)

No chocolate and ginger this year, but on the upside, this.

Ginmonkey - 08 Dec 2018 09:46:58 (#10 of 16)

Mr Kipling makes exceedingly poor cakes because he uses vegetable and palm oils rather than butter and then tries to cover up the resulting poor taste with moar sugar.

RosyLovelady - 08 Dec 2018 09:51:07 (#11 of 16)

And, as I recall from Spitting Image:

"Mr Kipling makes exceedingly small cakes."

HouseOfLametta - 08 Dec 2018 09:51:16 (#12 of 16)

Yum. Those lemon things that taste of Sqezy are great!

Surely a mincemeat Eccles cake is very similar to just an Eccles cake?

HoHoHoff - 08 Dec 2018 09:53:04 (#13 of 16)

When I was visiting one of their production facilities they were using huge cement-bag size slabs of butter. Maybe they've changed in the intervening aeons, which would certainly explain why the quality's gone down the pan.

Ginmonkey - 08 Dec 2018 09:56:02 (#14 of 16)

To be honest most large scale commercially produced cakes are not much cop.

JohnIlly - 08 Dec 2018 10:21:18 (#15 of 16)

Chocolate-coated mince pies is certainly a disgusting idea. My English grandmother used to make mincemeat tarts and then pour a bit of icing onto them in lieu of a top crust. Even as a child I thought they were too sweet.

hailesaladdie - 08 Dec 2018 12:39:46 (#16 of 16)

> Surely a mincemeat Eccles cake is very similar to just an Eccles cake?

Indeed. What's not to like?

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