Not Exactly Key Lime Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

I still remember the first time I tasted key lime pie.

Key Lime Pie When I was a teenager, my family went on vacation to Florida for the whole Disney World – Epcot Center – Space Center adventure and that was all great. One night after dinner, my mom suggested that we order key lime pie for dessert. The combination of tart, smooth lime filling layered between the buttery graham cracker crust and creamy topping was heaven.
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Tres Leches Cake with Coconut and Lime

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  What better way to celebrate than with tres leches cake?  Okay, maybe a margarita.  But if you’ve never tried tres leches cake, you’re in for a treat.  Tres leches cake is a simple yellow sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with dreamy whipped cream.

I’ve made a basic tres leches cake for Cinco de Mayo the last few years, and I had planned to do just that this year, too.  But on the day I planned to bake the cake, my latest issue of Fine Cooking Magazine arrived, and it had an entire spread on variations of this Latin American dessert.  After looking at the photos, I wanted to taste one of each.

So I decided to do something a little different this time by putting the lime in the coconut and mixing it all up.  For the soaking liquid, I replaced the cream with half a can of unsweetened coconut milk and some lime juice.  I have to say, it was a delicious change. [Read more…]

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