This is a sweet potato rice pudding inspired by the Haitian and Cuban influences on New Orleans. Is it a stretch thematically? Absolutely. I wanted to do a NOLA inspired recipe but I wanted to stray from what would generally be expected and this is what I came up with. I'm not going to bore you with the details of the trip around the world my mind takes when I brainstorm so here's my flavor notes.
VT Rice Base - Honestly I ordered this FOR this recipe and it just worked. It imparts a sweet sticky rice taste and texture to the whole mix. You get that grainy taste and mouthfeel from rice and a sweet undertone.
CAP Horchata - Sticking with the rice theme and adding a bit of cinnamon and flair to the recipe as a whole. I tried it higher and it gets to be a bit overpowering for me so I settled at 1.5 on this one to just add that touch of cinnamon evocative of fall.
FLV Vanilla Pudding - Brings a creamy mouthfeel to the recipe after a few days steep and knocks off some of the graininess from the Rice Base. Honestly I probably need to bring this down some, but this is more or less my first iteration of this recipe.
FA Coco/TPA Coconut Candy - I wanted to add some coconut to this and this is the combo and percentage I settled on. You may or may not taste it, I get it faintly and it helps add some sweetness to the rice base and brighten the recipe a touch.
HS Pumpkin Pie - yup. this is the "sweet potato" base. It's what I've got so I can't say much about it. Planning on experimenting with other things here in the future.
FA Carmel/FW Butterscotch Ripple - This is my go to combo for a buttery caramel note and it works well here. It adds some darkness and heaviness to the body and gives a buttery undertone. Really helps bring out the pumpkin pie in correlation with the CAP Horchata's cinnamon note.
This is very much a work in progress and a bit of a learning experience as well. Any and all criticism or advice is much appreciated.
Made in honor of Grimm Green's Banana's and Root Beer flavor profile. It's a weird one.
I used what I had on hand and I think the root beer works REALLY well with the candy banana from the LA Banana Cream. I used the TPA VBIC to add a little bit more creaminess and sort of blend everything together and the FLV Vanilla Bean because I really like vanilla and wanted a little bit more.
I recommend a 3 day steep to let the VBIC balance out a little and give the Banana Cream time to mellow out. I find it a bit harsh as a SnV but it's definitely vapeable immediately if you so choose. I'll probably adapt this a touch as I'd like some more of the root beer flavor but it's great as is.