Being 'the fanciest place in the vicinity of our studio' there was high expectation on these pies. The most expensive so far. Handmade. No fancy decoration. Not even very big. Just confidently understated. Mince pie. Boom! But, despite this clear initial bias, these pies have split the studio and elicited quite varying, almost vying, views. Full disclosure: Brendan, Erin, Mathew and Tom loved them, and agreed on their Baby Bear 'just right' quality. Sweet, spicy, fruity and tangy, but all to the near perfect amounts, with a pastry that was textured and crumbly (careful now, you'll need a plate), and at a perfect ratio to the filling.
For Jamie and Lawrence however, this was pure fail. If they were Goldilocks and found these in a strangers house, they'd run have a mile and before even taking a sniff of Mummy Bear's portion. A 'too shallow', 'a mostly pastry taste', and generally 'chalky experience' was their feeling, leaving the other half of the team wondering it they'd eaten the same pie.
In the end then, what was a 9 to near perfect 10 for some, scored way way lower for others, resulting in a still confident, but clearly not a wining score.
Brendan says: Now at the point where I'm fearing what's inside. I started by nibbling around the delicious shortbread crust. I finally went for the rest and to my surprise this thing is nice! They offset the sour taste by adding more sugar and spice.