Friday, 7 February 2014

Perfect Pastry!!

Foodamentalists Gluten Free Pie Reviews


From the moment I set my eyes on these Foodamentalist pies I couldn't wait to eat them!! I repeatedly asked Pierateer SJL "are you sure they are gluten free?" "have you made a mistake?" The reason for my confusion, is that I have never seen a gluten free pie so beautifully presented that arrived in a small cellophane wrapper with absolutely NO supportive packaging!!! I know what your thinking..INCREDIBLE!! Well I am not lying to you and I have the pictures for evidence (well okay, you just have to take my word about the gluten free part!!). On the menu was: fidget pie; pork, venison and cranberry; pork, black pudding and caramelised red onion pie and traditional pork pie. But don't worry, I didn't eat them all on my own!! Priced at £1.90 - £2.50 on their website this is a reasonable price for a quality product.

Foodamentalist Pies

For starters was the traditional pork pie which like any pork pie, we ate cold. Having never found a GF pork pie, I was rather looking forward to this. However, my first mouthful filled me with disappointment as I had high hopes for these little fellas. I couldnt quite work out what this pie was trying to be - it looked like a traditional pork pie and was called this, but yet it largely tasted of sage. If anything, this pie reminded me of a sausage roll. It wasn't as crusty and didn't contain jelly like a gluten equivalent, which did affect the consistency as the filling didn't hold together as well as I would expect a picnic finger pie to do so. The texture was actually quite pleasant though, and not at all chewy like normal meat pies are.

Colour = 6
Consistency = 4.5
Capacity = 6
Chewiness = 6
Cheapness = 5
Content = 4.5
Condition = 6

Pork Pie (Foodamentalists)
5.42/7


Trying not to let this dampen my enthusiasm I moved onto the main course. First out of the oven was fidget pie.The pastry was so light, like nothing I have tried before and it had a slight crunch to it. The colour was again great and there was no air gap - a jam packed pie!! Although, I must admit that I couldn't really distinguish between the pastry and the filling as they both tasted fairly similar. The flavour was okay and felt nice and traditional.

Colour = 7
Consistency = 5
Capacity = 6
Chewiness = 6
Cheapness = 5
Content = 4.5
Condition = 6

Fidget Pie (Foodamentalists)
5.64/7

Next up....Pork, venison and cranberry. I liked the sound of this pie but in reality the cranberry's made the pie a little too sour. The meat was nice though.

Colour = 7
Consistency = 6
Capacity = 6
Chewiness = 6
Cheapness = 5
Content = 3.5
Condition = 6

Pork, Venison & Cranberry (Foodamentalists)
5.64/7

Pork, black pudding and caramelised red onion. I was fairly excited about the black pudding as I quite like it but its not something us coeliacs find much. Although, this did disappoint me as I didn't really like the taste and the pie lacked flavour.

Colour = 7
Consistency = 6
Capacity = 6
Chewiness = 6
Cheapness = 5
Content = 3.5
Condition = 6

Pork, Black Pudding & Caramelised Red Onion (Foodamentalists)
5.64/7

Lastly I tried what I thought was the best of all, the pork, chicken and stuffing....um...non-pie. It had a crumble topping so us Pierateers cant really call it a pie (as it's not fully encased). But I thought that I would mention that it had the best flavour of all the pies.

In conclusion, the pastry on these pies is probably gluten free world class! Like nothing I have ever tried before and will probably try again. It was so light, beautifully golden and deliciously tasty. Thank you Foodamentalists. However, the fillings despite being a lovely texture and not at all chewy, really did lack flavour. It must be noted that these pies had been frozen before I received them, which may have affected the flavour. As the pies are on their own, I don't plan to eat these again but if the flavour is improved I would jump at the opportunity as these really could be delicious pies!!

But before I go I must mention the desert! Foodamentalists were also good enough to send a box of Gluten Free Frangipane Mince Pies. The thing I liked about these is that they looked homemade and not like they came out of a machine. The frangipane topping was a really nice change and added to the taste. The mincemeat was similar to any other but not as sugary, this was something I liked. All in all a pretty good pie!


Colour = 5
Consistency = 6
Capacity = 5
Chewiness = 6
Cheapness = 5
Content = 5
Condition = 5

Mince Pie (Foodamentalists)
5.29/7

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