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Mince and Mushy Pea Pie

While walking past the French oven in Newcastle Grainger market I was drawn in by the queue so thought I’d have a look and see if anything took my fancy, you can imagine my surprise when I came across the Mince and mushy pea pie!

The Pie was a good hand held size, easy to remove from the tin and pastry a golden colour.

Usually if you are eating a mince pie you would have peas on the side, this pie means you can save the washing up by enjoying your peas inside the pie!  It’s a genius idea and delicious too, there was only one left so I had to demolish it before Mr Gourmand came home and deny all knowledge that this pie even existed!



Marvellous Macarons

The French Oven is situated in Grainger Market in the heart of  Newcastle city centre.

 They are an Independent Artisan Bakery shop and sell the most delicious tasting produce

The Macarons are delicious and I’ve now managed to eat two boxes myself which is very greedy of me I know but they are so delicious and moreish it’s very difficult to share!

The Macarons cost £1 each or £6 for never one to miss out on a bargain I’ve always gone for the 8!

If you’re unsure what a Macaron is the best way to describe it is a sweet meringue based confectionery filled with buttercream or jam.  They have a slight crispness to the outside and melt in the mouth.

Unfortunately I didn’t write down the names of the macarons I purchased so you will have to forgive me if I get the flavours wrong!

This Macaron was Rose Jam, a very delicate flavour though and not overpowering at all, I personally think it’s  the prettiest of all the macaroons available.

There is no doubt in my mind that this macaron was popcorn, yes the sprinkles on the top gave it away!  The filling itself had a delicious buttery flavour with hints of caramel.  I’d much rather have a box of these delights at the cinema!

I think this one may either be Green tea with lime or poppyseed with lime, I can’t be 100% sure but what I can tell you is it had the most delicious citrus flavour.

This macaroon had a distinctive cherry flavour but I also detected flavours of chocolate coming through

This Macaroon tasted very delicate, I’m quite sure it was coconut but not overpowering with the flavour.

This macaroon had flavours of chocolate but also a nutty flavour which made it hard to think what it could be, I wouldn’t have said a praline as the nutty flavour seemed to be more prominent than the chocolate flavour in my opinion.

You will notice that there are two missing! I thought I’d taken a picture of them both but alas I can’t find them anywhere My favourite macaron was the Salted Caramel, I could have eaten a box of them, it’s such a shame that I don’t have a picture to share with you! Of course I now have an excuse to go back and buy more!

You can follow the French Oven on twitter @frenchoven



British Pie Week – Day 6

Day 6 of British pie week already, hasn’t it flown over, I hope you have all been enjoying the best of British pies?

Today I’m bringing you something different, a sweet pie and one of my favourites.  Bask in the glory of the

Apple Pie

This little beauty was purchased from the French Oven in Newcastle’s Grainger Market, you can find them on twitter @frenchoven

Unfortunately when I purchased this pie I popped it straight into my bag  which ment the bottom got a little bashed and I couldn’t take it out of the tin to photograph so the next view you are going to see is of the filling minus the lid (It was the only way)

I ate this pie with a fork and can I start off by saying this was the best apple pie I’ve had!  The apple was sweet, soft and fresh tasting.  The pastry was perfect and I got a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg, it was so slight that I can’t quite put my finger on it.

There really isn’t anything else I can say about these pies other than go and try them for yourself.

While I was standing in the queue it was apparent that the French Oven is a very popular place and the quality of the goods really does speak for itself.  Look out for a macaroon post soon as I purchased 8!