By: Flavor West (FW)
Used in 904 recipes at an average of 2.92%.
Another F@#king lemon tart recipe... I've done 50+ revisions of lemon tart remixs over the last year or so. This is by far the one that knocks it out of the park. It's not a clone of dinner lady's version by any means, it's so much better. I've been a long term believer that Tfa's lemonade cookie is a key component to cloning the original. But this recipe focus' on how to make the lemon stay nice and vivid through the steep as the custards gain their strength, which it does. If you have these ingredients then mix this one up. You won't regret it, cause can't stop vaping it!
Clafoutis is a flan-like French dessert with fruit (typically cherries) but can be made with many different fruits. The only version I've actually had uses apricots and is now my favorite dessert. Of course, I had to make this into a vape.
FLV / FA Apricot/FW Butter Rum - When I first tried FLV , this dessert came rushing back to my mind. It has a very cooked/baked warmth about it. Definitely has some sweetness with a subtle tart note. I used FA Apricot to add a bit of fullness and soften up the entire mix. The butter rum just adds a bit of brown sugar and a touch of a boozy note.
CAP Vanilla Custard/INW Creme Brulee/FW Cake Batter Dip - To give you an idea of what I'm going after, this dessert is a very simple batter. It's basically milk,egg, sugar, vanilla and flour blended together. CAP VC seemed like an obvious choice. But I also wanted that caramelized sugar and creme brulee does that very well. It also adds a bit more egginess. Together, these 2 flavors remind more of a flan. The cake batter dip is just adding a bit of texture, while not making it too cakey.
FA Cream Whipped/FW Lemon Meringue Pie - When I have this dessert, I choose not to cover with powdered sugar. Instead, I put a dollop of whipped cream with some lemon zest. Most lemon flavors come off as a lemon juice or is too candied. I needed just a touch of lemon. I settled on FW LMP. It adds a light lemon note that stays in the back round. FA whipped cream is still the closest to the real thing, imo. It's light, airy and not overly sweet.
I am going to attempt to do full notes here the way the pros do it. I have been only mixing for about 5 months now so I am very new to this. And now for a disclaimer: I have never done single flavor tests. Why? Because I am lazy. And it sounds tedious. And I majored in physics and in science we use other people's hard work to support our ideas! With that said I am not afraid of a little, or a ton, of research. When I attempt to create or craft a recipe I do hours, sometimes days, of research to determine what flavors to use and at what percentages. I check flavor reviews on reddit, BCV, the ELR, etc. I look at other people's recipes and see what and how much they use, how many recipes use specific flavors, etc. I use combos of things I liked in recipes I have made and loved such as the three lemons I use here. So let's take a look at what I did with this one.
CAP Juicy Lemon/FA Lemon Sicily/FW Lemon Meringue Pie: Obviously these make up the lemon part. I selected these 3 because I love @dazcole's Lemon Tart (A Dinner Lady Remix). It was one of the first recipes I ever made and it continues to stay in my regular rotation. I dropped the percentages because the lemon has to share the spotlight with the cheesecake whereas in Lemon Tart it's the star of the show. The LMP is also acting as sort of a bridge.
TFA Graham Cracker Clear/INW Biscuit: The crust. Again I drew from dazcole's recipe. The crust note in that recipe is really tasty and I wanted something similar in my cheesecake.
TFA Cheesecake (graham crust)/CAP NY Cheesecake: The cheesecake (duh!). Most cheesecake recipes I see use one or the other. I have used them both separately but not in cheesecake specific recipes. I feel like both have something to add but neither is enough by itself. NYCC has a nice cheese note. I wanted that but I didn't want it overly cheesy. The CC (gc) has sort of a dark, thick sweetness. Plus that extra crust note is almost always welcome. I always think my bakery recipes need more crust, dough, etc.
TFA Sweetener: Cuz sugar lips! Adjust to taste of course.
I gave this a full 25 days before I touched it because I haven't liked any of my recipes that use cheesecakes in them until they've had several weeks to develop. I think I have a hard time tasting cheesecake too so I wanted to make sure the lemon didn't hide the yummy cheesecake. You can probably get away with 2 or 3 weeks especially if you use less VG.
This recipe is very tasty. It is a thousand times better than any commercial cheesecake juice I've tried. It's sweet and creamy, the crust is delicious, and all the right notes are there. But something isn't quite right. It's almost like the lemon and the cheesecake hit my palate in the wrong order or need to change the position they fall on the tongue. I don't know quite how to explain it. It is tasty as is, but I will continue to work on and update the recipe because it is a tasty profile.
I added all the fruit flavors at 2% thinking I could adjust one another up if need be but wow right off rip they were where I wanted them. Originally it was good but I wanted to cream it up. So they were kind of milky like cereal would be. Guys and Gals this is seriously amazing. I really think I've got ahold of a winner here. If you like cereals than this is your vape. Good luck and vape on. P.S If you don't like sweetener leave it out but kapn krunch berries is very sweet. So sweeten to taste. Best after seven days but honestly good on the shake.
// Key Lime Pie //
This is one of my favourite recipes since I started mixing. The profile is simple and the flavors well balanced (from my point of view) and the first time I tried this version had the same feeling you get from a strawberry milk or cheesecake, that refreshing sensation of something well balanced, with a very distinctive flavor that doesn't require too much thinking, just vaping and enjoying.
The combination of Sugar Cookie and Graham Cracker Clear creates a buttery textured base, not too fluffy or flaky thanks to the "pie" in the Lemon Meringue and the Key Lime Pie, which adds the kind of bakery you find in a FA Apple Pie (for reference). The star of the recipe is the mix of the two Key Lime and the Lemon Meringue, with a touch of Strawberry Ripe to bring those flavors forward and the NY Cheesecake to give body and bond all together. Finally, the topping is that sugary cream feeling from the mix of Lemon Meringue and Marshmallow.
I hope you enjoy it and feel free to play with it and give your most honest opinion and suggestions!!
(English is not my mother tongue; please excuse any errors on my part)
A tropical, sherbet like, creamsicle. Refreshing, fun, and slightly creamy!
Made on "Live Mixing: Summa Mixin'"
Rationale behind the marriage of rosemary, vanilla, and lemon: From time to time, my wife will simmer a pot of vanilla extract, slices of lemons, and sprigs of rosemary with water to scent the house. It is a delicious smelling aroma . . . and apparently, one of the scents that Williams-Sonoma uses to scent their stores (hence the name). I've always been enthralled by the scent and thought it might make for an interesting vape. Recently, she bought a cool mist aromatherapy diffuser and got amber vanilla, lemon, and rosemary scents to use in it. I found myself drawn to it. The amber vanilla added an almost bakery type aroma to the mixture, and I decided to get some rosemary concentrate to try my hand at this flavor. I got into DIY to scratch the itch for flavors that I could not readily buy . . . and this is something I've been wanting to try for quite some time.
I wanted vanilla to be dominant with lemon and rosemary falling in line behind it. This was not originally intended to be a custard, but I felt lacking the body of a custard really affected this and made it fall flat rather quickly. I knew I wanted it to have that same full-bodied flavor that I was getting from the aroma, so it needed that thick mouth-feel that only a custard can provide. This also helped add to the richness that I was getting from the aroma my wife concocts . . . when she boils water, lemons, rosemary, and vanilla, the scents come together to equal something much greater than the sum of their parts (I suspect it is due to the ingredients slowly cooking in the simmering pot).
The Vanilla: I originally went with DIYFS Holy Vanilla and INW Shisha Vanilla weighted evenly at 1.5%. I was in search of a creamy vanilla that could hold its own against the acidic bite of the lemon and the herb notes of the rosemary. After testing my first iteration of this over the course of a few weeks, I decided that I wanted the vanilla notes to be bumped to the front a bit more, so I increased the Holy Vanilla to 2%, leaving Shisha Vanilla at 1.5%. I really love these two vanillas working together!
The Lemon: Getting this where I wanted it to be was the most challenging aspect of tackling this recipe. FA Lemon Sicily and CAP Juicy Lemon were my first choices for the lemon (because they were the only lemon flavors I already had). I didn't want this to be too lemon forward, so I tried to keep it light and bright. I started out with each at 1%. It started off well, but I soon found that the lemon began to overpower the mix and become the dominant note in the liquid. It almost started tasting like a flat lemon soda the longer I vaped on it. I decided I needed to broaden my horizons, as far as lemon was concerned. Dazcole’s Lemon Tart remix was a revelation and so masterfully done that it propelled me towards purchasing FW Lemon Meringue Pie (as well as FA Custard Pi 3.14, which I’ll get to later). To try to tame the lemon I dropped the CAP Juicy Lemon completely. I added the Lemon Meringue Pie at 1% and dropped Lemon Sicily to 0.5%. This seemed to hit the right notes for me. It was adding just enough lemon to be noticed, but it didn’t take a front seat to the other flavors the way it had before.
The Rosemary: INW Shisha Rosemary was the only choice that I found for this recipe and, at the percentage it’s used, is not too strong in comparison to the other aromas. I did find it to begin laying lower in the flavor the longer it steeped in the original recipe, so I ramped it up over the course of a couple different iterations from 1% to 1.4% where it seemed to hit the sweet spot for me. I truly enjoy this flavoring . . . the challenge for me is going to be trying to fit this into other flavor combinations in a natural way..
The Custard: In the original recipe, FA Meringue and INW Custard were used to add a little bit of that bakery note I was getting from the amber vanilla scent my wife was using in the diffuser and for mouthfeel. I started out with INW Custard at 1% and Meringue at 0.5%. As this evolved into a more straight-forward custard (as opposed to simply trying to mimic the potpourri my wife makes), I opted to drop the Custard in favor of INW Crème Brulee at the same 1%. I felt this would give it that rich depth I was getting from the inspiring scent. It needed that deeper note of the caramelized sugar crust. I kept Meringue at 0.5% and added FA Custard Pi at 1.5%. This served two purposes in my mind. It helped propel this towards a custardy dessert, and it bolstered the lemon aspect without being too acidic. I felt like the vanillas I was using worked well on their own, and the lemon notes I get from Custard Pi helped out the Lemon Sicily and Lemon Meringue Pie in a very positive way (as dazcole’s brilliant recipe highlights).
TPA Sweetener was used just to round everything off with a last slight touch of sweetness. I started out at 0.5% and moved it around the recipe a couple of times before finally landing at 0.35%, which added a noticeable sweetness without being too cloying, in my opinion.
Flavors beyond the pale were my goal getting into DIY (spurred into fruition by ID10-T’s remarkable Longing recipe). This is exactly what I was looking for in this flavor. I mixed it up, shook the crap out of it, and gave it a try. For me, it is very approachable as a shake and vape. However, after a 7-day steep this really blossoms into a full-bodied custard. I’ve vaped several different iterations of this over the last 2 months and feel like it is finally finished. I’m taking ID10-T’s sage advice and dropping the lemon from the title to make this represent what it has become: a rosemary-spiced vanilla custard . . . the lemon acts solely as an additive to brighten up this mix. If you mix it, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it! This will not suit the tastes of everyone, but it was something I needed to get out of my system.
Lemon Ice Cream with Frosted Flakes sprinkled on top sound tasty?
FW Lemon Meringue Pie
I wanted that "Dinner lady" vibe in the mix. To my palate, Albeit on the weak side, this ingredient is close to that note for me. There's no doubt in my mind this is in Lemon Tart.
FA Vienna Cream
Sweetness, Cream and a sugar "texture".
TFA Toasted Marshmallow
Added mouthfeel, But a light toasted note as well.
TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Vanilla, Cream and sweetness.
CAP Cereal 27
Have I mentioned how much I love this ingredient? Contributes the cereal note.
Plays beautifully with the Lemon ingredients to bring a smoother lemon experience, Further enhances the Ice Cream notes as well.
FA Lemon Sicily
Because FW is quite weak, I've added Lemon Sicily as backbone support to prevent the lemon note from fading over time.