Back in the early days of 2019, before the world went to shit thanks to COVID19 and politicians didn't spread it to each other, @Alfredpudding @eyemakepizza and yours truly decided, that we were in the need of a damn good key lime pie.
So we set sails trying to create what we thought would be the best damn key lime pie we could make.
The pie crust itself is simply just made using TFA Cheesecake (graham crust), INW Yes, We Cheesecake and CAP Graham Cracker.
The filling is super simple, using TFA Bavarian Cream, VT Shisha Lime (which really to us is the best damn lime in current state) and a pinch of meringue. TFA Cheesecake (graham crust) obviously help the filling too.
It's a simple and pretty straight forward recipe, but it stands to prove that you don't need that many ingredients to make something utterly delicious and authentic.
We never got around to uploading this recipe, so now is the time to do so.
Profile: Sesame dough ball with vanilla pudding filling
The journey to make this recipe has been long, but I'm very satisfied with the outcome.
Despite the simplicity of the recipe, the end result is a very complex flavor, that adds two layers of contrast to the mix.
To create the sesame dough ball, I tried various combinations of WF Sesame Dough with all kinds of bakeries. Everywhere from FA Cookie, to WF Deep Fried Pastry Dough, CAP Sugar Cookie etc. But every time, I found myself getting further and further away from the simplicity that I really wanted from a sesame ball. So in the end, I had to come to realize, that WF Sesame Dough on its own actually worked perfectly fine.
It has a sharpness of toasted sesame, but keeps the warmth and don't overdo the sharpness at all. It's nice and round in flavor and a little sticky in texture.
To help the stickiness be more upfront, I added a pinch of FA Meringue.
Concerning the pudding, I went though time and time again to figure out exactly what I wanted. I knew FLV Vanilla Pudding needed to be in this, as it has the great ability to be thick, almost borderline disgusting, but handled correctly you can get some really nice results with it.
To add a sort of eggy note to the filling, I danced around a few custards such as FA Custard Premium, FA Custard, but I always landed right back on INW Custard, as it brings those exact eggy notes I was after and doesn't add any taste that I didn't really need there.
To bridge the INW Custard and FLV Vanilla pudding, I'm using TFA Vanilla Swirl and its ability to smoothen everything out.
FA Meringue again brings a little sweetness and stickiness to the filling.
The contrast here is, that you'll start with the toasted sesame and a hint of dough. Before you know it, you're hit with the vanilla filling. Exactly as if you were actually eating a sesame ball with a vanilla filling.
This recipe is inspired by the vietnamese dessert "Báhn Cam", which usually consist of a mung bean filling, but despite me lacking any sort of bean flavor, it works perfectly fine with a vanilla filling instead.
Let it steep at least the recommended 5 days for the best result.
Thumbnail design by @Zany
Profile: Creamy vanilla rice pudding with a hint of cardamom
Quote @Zany: "Unlike Traditional Chinese Medicine - This will actually make you erect!"
We wanted to make a delicious rice pudding with hints of spices and vanilla without actually making it too thick and disgusting.
@Zany aka. Dico and I sat down and looked over which flavors we had that would fit such a profile.
The very first version contained VT Thai Sticky Rice, FM Pistachio, VT Yoghurt Drink, FLV Vanilla Pudding and TFA Whipped Cream.
To begin with, we only had VT Thai Sticky Rice on the table for the rice base, but we kinda figured out that it wasn’t enough rice so we introduced FE Sweet Rice to the mix.
At some point, we also had FM Pistachio in the mix, but the more we huffed and puffed, the more we kinda figured that it didn’t really quite fit in for what we were going for.
Pretty early in, it was decided that FA Cardamom would maybe be an awesome addition, so it was added. It somehow didn’t clash very well with VT Yoghurt drink, which also were just kinda weird, so we scrapped VT Yoghurt Drink early on.
Final addition to the line-up was FLV Sweet Coconut and it all just fell into place.
Concerning the taste of this mix, it’s not overly strong on the rice taste as VT Thai Sticky Rice comes with a hint of a spice note. It’s there to add some depth in the mix.
In combination with some notes of vanilla, coconut, a little cream to bind it all together and a wonderful warm and round taste of cardamom as a finisher, it’s a twirl of flavors that dances in your gob.
Please do let it sit for about 5 days to let it all blend in nicely together.
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Profile: Caramel infused taffy with a kick of peppermint
Been screwing and chewing around with FLV Peppermint thanks to @Zany, despite the fact that yours truly hates everything cool.
But I was drawn to the peppermint flavor much more rather than just having a cool element in my mix.
I do love a good caramel and peppermint candy however, so I set sails to make it into a vape that I could enjoy all year around.
Lets break it down!
The Taffy Chew:
To create the texture I decided to go with FW Salt Water Taffy as the main note. This adds both a little sweetness and a little texture to the mix.
I wanted to enhance the texture, making it more thick (as if it would be sticking to your teeth), so for a more waxy and sticky texture note I my choice fell on CAP Butter Cream to complete the waxy and stickiness.
For a little bit of mouthfeel, just so it didn't feel like that I would be chewing a flavored candle light, I threw in some TFA Vanilla Swirl. It makes it chewy, but round and nice in texture and adds a hint of sweetness and creaminess without actual cream.
The Caramel Mint:
I have always found the mixture of FW Caramel (salted) and FA Butterscotch to be a perfect caramel taste for me. It brings the best of both worlds, so it was an easy choice for me combine those two.
Concerning percentages of the two, they are just about enough to not be disgusting, but gives a nice round warm mouthfeel on the inhale, that really coveres your tongue in caramel goodiness.
On the exhale, you'll get a good serious kick of the FLV Peppermint in both terms of cooling and the nice sharp peppermint taste, while the caramel still lingers and dances around. I experimented with FLV Peppermint around 0.5% which i found to be way too much and it just took over. I find 0.25% to be just perfect, to still keep some sharpness without it feels like you're vaping razorblades.
FA Meringue is being used in this case to create a shade of candy and doesn't really do much other than exactly that.
To complete the candy, but not stated in the recipe above due to the preference of people, I added in about 0.25% CAP Super Sweet. I find that it adds the sugarlips that I myself like from candy, but the recipe works fine without it really. It all comes down to whether or not you as mixer tend to use it.
Concerning a steep, this really needs the advised 3 days of steep. Off the shake the FLV Peppermint is a tad too harsh and the caramels haven't developed yet at all, so please follow my advise and let it sit for 3 days.
I present to you: Blackstrap.
Goofing around on DIY_eJuice Discord, wanting to fiddle with Strap-On, @EdibleMalfunction suggested to make one with licorice, cause he knows I love that black gold. He also named it. So all I did was to use the Strap-On and my own licorice blend.
Notes for this are in /r/DIY_eJuice's May 2016 Recipe Thread, but basically it's a fruity framework to build on. I love adding one ingredient to this, and that one ingredient varies depending on my mood. FA Kiwi, TFA Dragonfruit, and INW Cactus are some of my favorites to add to it.
Profile: Apple Pie duuuuh
Super simpel and super easy Apple Pie to make!
Very simpel and straight forward mixture of FA Apple Pie and VT Croissant. Combined they are to me the perfect pie crust as they have both a buttery note and a bit of flake going on. FA Apple Pie does take a couple of days to really come out and at 1% it does work its magic for being just a crust with no notes of apples or spices. VT Croissant is super buttery even at 2% which makes the crust feels nice, thick and chewy.
PUR Country Apple has an amazing ability for apples pies since it taste like cooked apples. To make an apple pie, this would be the apple I go for, thanks to that ability. I have tried other apples, but they don't bring that feeling of cooked apple like PUR Country Apple does. It's soft, mushy and sweet.
FLV Apple Filling I kept somewhat low at 1% as I didn't want it to dominate the other ingredients in the filling. I find 1% to be just the perfect amount of spices. Not too much and not too little - just a nice touch of spices.
I don't know how common it is anywhere else, but here where I'm from we like to have prunes, dates or raisins in our apple pies. VT Red Dates has a bit of a sweet and dark taste, that I find go super very well with apples in general. It has a touch of sun raisins going on and it does a little love dance with the apple.
It brings some punch to the filling, adding some darker and fruity notes and adds some nice texture.
Lastly for the filling I settled for just a hint of INW Custard. By all means, I'm not using this much for the flavor, but more to thicken up the texture of the filling itself and make it a little gooey, which INW Custard delivers perfectly fine at 0.75%.
Lastly at the very top of the pie goes the OOO Powdered Sugar. It's just there for the taste and to enhance the sweetness of it all a little.
While I suggest to let it sit for 5 days, to me it's already good after a few days.
Profile: Banana with peanut butter and a dash of butterscotch
I landed (again) on CC Banana Yoghurt for this recipe, as the banana in this concentrate is seriously delicious! The yoghurt part adds a nice creamy and round taste. I find 3% just be just perfect for it.
I found TFA DX Peanut Butter to go very well for it around 3% as well - although, it does need 3 days to sit as the peanut butter is very strong right after the first shake (but still taste good).
FW Butterscotch at 2% has two jobs in this recipe. First of all - adding to the flavor of the profile obviously and secondly, it adds a nice creamy effect to the mix as well.
FA Caramel at 0.75% is only there to boost the caramel flavor from the butterscotch a little.
The CAP Butter Cream adds two things as well to this mix - knowingly that it's one of those concentrates that tastes different from person to person.
The first job it has is to add a little bit of buttery effect to this mix, that'll help the TFA DX Peanut Butter to be a little bit more round in flavor.
Second job is to add a little bit of waxy texture to the mix for the mouthfeel.
Lastly, TFA Vanilla Swirl for a rounder flavor and to sharpen off the edges from the banana (plus adding a hint of vanilla in the mix)
I recommend 3 days steep to make the TFA DX Peanut Butter and CC Banana Yoghurt to mainly blend in together as they are the main components.
Enjoy and feel free to leave a review!
Profile: Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Some time ago, I picked up Chef's Choice Banana Yoghurt, because @Zany (also known as Dico1337) told me to, knowing I fucking HATE banana vapes.
I figured it was time to buckle up, suck in the belly and get done with it.
To my surprise, I actually enjoy CC Banana Yoghurt quite a lot.
I find CC Banana Yoghurt to be just about sweet enough to pass as a great banana flavor. The yoghurt part does add some creamy-gooey-good stuff to this flavor, to make it work perfectly in my recipe here.
Next up, I needed some strawberry as banana and strawberry go very well together and is a thing most people can get along with - please note, I didn't want to go down a weird rabbit hole with this recipe. My first choice was 4% TFA Strawberry Ripe, but both Zany and I agreed (as he chipped in a little with advice) that 4% wasn't strong enough. So Zany suggested 1.5% JF Strawberry sweet and I decided to bump TFA Strawberry Ripe up another 0.5%. It worked! The strawberry is now there, but not so much it'll overpower the 3% CC Banana Yoghurt.
FA Cream is just playing a tiny supporting role here to smoothen the whole mix up and lending some back-up to CC Banana Yoghurt. I find 1.25% to be just perfect - not too much and not too little.
For your own preference, please feel free to add a little sweetener to this mix if it's not enough. I myself find 2 drops of CAP Super Sweet in a 30ml done mix to hit the spot.
Which and how much if any sweetener, I'll leave that up to you, dear mixer.
CC Banana Yoghurt is really best at 3 days steep, but hey... this works perfectly great as a SNV!
Profile: A nutty biscuit
For the biscuit part, my obvious go-to biscuit is here JF Biscuit. I decided that over INW Biscuit, as I find INW Biscuit to be just a tad too dry for what I wanted to achieve here.
To add a little pow-wow to the biscuit, I paired it up against a slight touch of AP, which helps the biscuit to feel a little bit more crunchy.
For the nuts, I went for my go-to FA Hazel Grove as I really enjoy the nuttiness it brings to the table and the slight taste of praline really works well in a nutty bakery type. I added in some WF Butter Pecan Pie to do a little dance with the hazelnut and it brings a warming creamy element to the mix along with some buttery and creamy notes, that goes really well with the biscuit.
Lastly, a finishing dash of FLV Cream and FA Carmel to add a further round touch, some rich mouthfeel and to help the warming touch.
Let it steep for a minimum of 2 weeks to get this recipe to reach its full potential.
Profile: Strawberry Milk
This recipe was specifically made for the episode of Noted: Old World Strawberries, which I participated in.
During all my tests of European strawberry brands, I bumped into MB Strawberry Milk, which happened to be exactly what I was looking for. So I made this the star of the show. It's from their M-line, which kinda makes it a one-shot that lacks something.
To me, it's more of a cream than an actual milk, but oh boy it does it well in that department.
To add little bit of roundness to it, I decided in TFA Vanilla Swirl which smoothens out the cream even further and adds just a touch of vanilla.
I have always loved my strawberry shakes and ice creams with some running gooey caramel. Of all my caramel choices I boiled it down to two: either VT Salted Caramel or FW Caramel (salted). Knowing both flavors well, my choice fell on FW Caramel (salted) as it is just a touch more sweet and gooey than VT Salted Caramel and I wanted this recipe to be sweet.
The MB Sweet Strawberry is there to help and boost this strawberry in MB Strawberry Milk, as Strawberry Milk has a tough time to distinguish both flavors and generally are just blended. I needed the strawberry to be a little bit more there and since I had just tried MB Sweet Strawberry and had it in my top 3 for noted as number 1, I figured it would be the perfect choice.
I consider this a very simple and easy recipe for beginners to get into mixing, as you won't have to worry too much about balancing the strawberries and cream thanks to the perfection MB Strawberry Milk really is.
Works perfectly fine as SnV, but if you leave it over night that FW Caramel (salted) really kicks into gear.