About a month ago I hosted a baby shower. Remember my friend Gigi? Well – the last time you saw her she was just about 7 months pregnant … right now I’m just waiting for the phone call telling me I’m going to be an aunt. She’s ready to pop!
But let’s go back a month; back to that baby shower.
I have to admit something… I am not a baby shower planner extraordinaire :0)
I don’t do games.
I don’t do balloons and decorating.
I don’t make savoury, tea-time snacks.
Nope. I don’t do any of those things.
But I do bake (lots of goodies).
I do find the BEST spot in the city to host the event.
I do fill the room with friends and family .
And I do take notes for the mother-to-be as she unwraps all her presents (which, had you been in the room you would have laughed – I couldn’t remember the word for a bib… seriously).
Once I’d offered to host I realized something… I can’t do it at my place! My apartment fits 4 (maybe 5) people comfortably. Not really an ideal location for a dozen people and baby paraphernalia.
Enter Platonic Jeff. His apartment building has THE GREATEST green room / roof top patio EVER. For reals – with views of the canal, you couldn’t ask for a better spot. Thank you Platonic Jeff for coordinating that for me.
I figured since I don’t do games, that the food would have to be pretty darn good. It had to be something that Gigi would like; but I wanted it to be a recipe I hadn’t tried yet. And that’s when I decided on this key lime tart. It’s a-maz-ing! If you are expecting a key lime pie – this isn’t it – there is no whipped cream / or Italian meringue on top of the lime custard filling – this is all about the crust and the filling. This tart serves up a real punch of lime – making it nice and tart, with a crunchy graham cracker / coconut base. Perfect for an afternoon party.
Gigi’s craved my carrot cake throughout her pregnancy – so I made sure I had some carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and mini rounds of my lemon cake (also cream cheese frosting) – another of Gigi’s favourites. The treats were rounded out with my dark chocolate almond shortbread, and our friend Chloé made mouth-watering mint nanaimo bars and date squares (oh how I heart date squares). Sounds like a lot of food eh? Yeah… it was – but everyone left with doggie bags full of little squares and treats – that my friends, is my idea of a great party.
1 c. shredded coconut
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
Preheat your oven to 300 F. SPray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray – set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, evenly spread out the coconut, and toast it in the oven, until golden (about 7 minutes). You’ll want to watch the coconut to ensure it doesn’t burn, tossing it around from time to time.
Grab a large bowl. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and toasted coconut; use your hands to toss everything well. Add the melted butter. Mix well (again, use your hands), then press the base into your prepared pan. You want an even layer – so press gently with your palms and fingertips.
Place the crust in your fridge for 15 minutes, allowing it to chill. Then bake in the oven for 10 minutes – getting the crust golden brown. Allow to cool before filling with the key lime filling.
key lime tart
1 recipe graham-coconut crust
2 egg yolks
3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
zest and juice, 3 key limes
Keep the oven at 300 F.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, using your whisk attachment, beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar for about 2 minutes – the mixture will turn pale. Beat in the cream, lime zest and lime juice.
Pour the mixture into the prebaked crust. Bake it for about 45 minutes – you want the custard to be set (you don’t want it to jiggle when you move it side to side / back and forth).
Let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Just before serving, dust with the powdered sugar.
That’s it. Simple to make. It looks beautiful and tastes even better!
Here are a few pictures from the shower… check out those baked goods! And doesn’t Gigi look amazing!?!