Milk Tart (South African version)

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  1. man00ver

    man00ver Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 10, 2014
    Braselton, GA, USA
    FYI, I baked another real Milktart last night, using @G-Fog's wife's recipe and a store-bought pastry crust to hold the filling, but omitting the Almond extract this time and using just a teaspoon of Vanilla Extract instead. Also I sprinkled a little nutmeg along with the cinnamon on top.

    It tastes just the way I imagined it would when I started pitching in on this; simple and good. It's fluffy enough to where I think a little more Meringue wouldn't hurt, for its own sake rather than as part of a condensed milk effort. Otherwise, no new insights. Carry on!
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  2. Ricksha

    Ricksha Full Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    Austin TX
    A quick update on the Milktart v4.a that I mixed up last week to test the addition of Eggnog in this recipe. Juice steeped for 6 days and process was boosted by using the reciprocating-accelerator method, combined with frequent airing. Mix was a 80/20 VG/PG @ 4% nic. I vaped this in 3 different tanks to get a handle on the flavor profile on the Eggnog. Hardware was anold trusted Smok RSST (SS rope, Clapton Nichrome coil @.3 ohm), Uwell Crown (0.5 ohm) and a Geekvape Griffin (dual Clapton Nichrome @ 0.15ohm), all vaped at 65 watts in various high power mods.

    Notes on Eggnog in this mix: Right off the bat this isn’t Milktart but that wasn’t the objective of the exercise. As expected the custard is almost not present, as is the crust. It is however a very pleasant vape. The TFA Eggnog gives this recipe a distinct profile which I think will deepen with age (prob needs a good 3-4 weeks steep in a mix). Some trace of Nutmeg which was pleasing but only comes to the fore when the vape is warm. There is a Cinnamon taste present. As with all Eggnog’s there is a “hint” of something (the "hint" is typically some kind of alcohol) but I can’t put my finger on what it is. My daughter reckons by adding banana you would have the perfect banana bread FWIW.

    Uwell Crown: Very sweet, almost bright creamy (FA Cream, CAP Sweet Cream ?), Custard is there but hidden behind all the cream, faint crust. Eggnog flavor is pronounced but the Nutmeg and Cinnamon tastes are hidden behind the sweet creaminess.

    Griffin: Less sweet, loses the “bright” creaminess (I reckon the dual coils takes care of that), the deeper flavors in the Eggnog can be tasted.

    Summary: I’m not sure that by dropping the % used, the Cinnamon/Nutmeg/Spicy favors will surface and therefore don’t think TFA Eggnog belongs in the Milktart mix. But I am convinced TFA Eggnog has possibilities for something like a good rum cake or similar desert/fruit cake. Combined @ 1.5% with TFA Pie Crust (which has a distinct English Sherry note for me), some INW Biscuit, splashed with a combination of fruit, will make a killer Christmas/Fruit cake. While sucking on this mix all day I was also reminded of another South African favorite namely Pannekoek or Pancake (aka Dutch pancake, think French Crepes with dusting of cinnamon/sugar mix). I’m definitely going to explore both these options.

    Sidenote: So far the various versions (except V1.a) ended up being very sweet and I ascribe this to the low % flavor (< 10%) which has to compete with the natural sweetness of the VG/PG. Everyone’s taste buds are different and perhaps exposure to vaping my own mixes for the past 5-6 years conditioned mine to be sensitive to the natural PG/VG sweetness. I am going to slightly increase the overall flavor % to somewhere between 10-14% going forward.
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  3. Ricksha

    Ricksha Full Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    Austin TX
    @man00ver have you broken out your v2 mix and tasted it yet ? I now have all the ingredients, including the distilled Condensed Milk, to mix a copy, but would like to hear your feedback before I do.

    As an aside I ordered INW Biscuit (couldn't find Spicy Biscuit). All I can say is that it smells delectable. I immediately whipped up a derivative of my Milktart v4. Will hopefully be able to take my first taste next weekend. I have a suspicion the INW Biscuit/FA Cookie combo is going to be a good match for the Milktart's crust.

    Milktart v4.b
    TFA Dairy Milk - 1%
    TFA Malted Milk – 0.5%
    FA Meringue - 0.5%
    FA Apple Pie - 1%
    FA Cookie - 0.5%
    INW Biscuit – 1.5%
    TFA Sweet Cream - 0.5%
    FA Fresh Cream - 1.5%
    FA Vienna Cream – 3%
    CAP Vanilla Custard – 1%
    Total flavoring: 11%

    I've never used FA's Vienna Cream before so was unsure of its custard potency, thus the dash of CAP Custard. I may have also been heavy handed on the INW Biscuit - only have my eagerness to taste this beauty to blame.
  4. man00ver

    man00ver Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 10, 2014
    Braselton, GA, USA
    I haven't tried either v1.1 or v2 as yet. My plan was to revisit my fully-steeped v1.0 with a high-performing setup this weekend, but I ended up working on another recipe project and don't have room at the moment (probably tomorrow). The newer versions are just a week old, so in a few days I'll give them a run in my low-power testers to get some initial impressions. My nose tells me they're not quite settled yet.
    I hope you bought a big bottle of Biscuit, it's so useful. That and FA Cookie are like twins from different mothers, with Cookie just a little more buttery and Biscuit just a touch more wafer-like. They're great tools, and you may indeed be happy with that mild cookie crust.
    That looks quite good! I'm glad you kept Malted Milk low, as it can muddle other flavors in my experience. Vienna Cream's custard note is more delicate than CAP's VC, so adding the latter is understandable and surely will do no harm. I'll be eager to know if it's close to the cream base + crust you're looking for.

    P.S. Just so you know I haven't been slacking, I baked yet another Mrs. @G-Fog milktart tonight. There was one more pastry crust left from my wife's shopping, and I'd learned a few things from my prior two efforts. This time I did both vanilla and almond extracts, lightly. It's in the fridge for the overnight. So, I guess you could say I've become a fan!
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  5. man00ver

    man00ver Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 10, 2014
    Braselton, GA, USA
    Minor update: I'm finishing up my v1.0 test in my dual-coiled Bellus tank, where it's even more apparent that the Catalan Cream doesn't belong. The cream and crust are still very close to target, but the citrus and spice, while not at all strong, are still too present. I do have hope for v1.1 though, and we'll just see about v2 pretty soon, also. If the v1 line goes forward, I might even rich it up a little.

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