This is one of my old Southern Living Recipes. Sweet tea is the beverage of the South. We use tea for everything!
1 1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies
5 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Stir all ingredients together and press into a 9-inch tart pan that has a removable bottom.
2 tbsp unsweetened instant iced tea mix
2 tbsp water
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp lime zest
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp sugar
Thin orange slices for garnish, optional
Fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, stir the tea mix and water together. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, orange and lime zest, juices and eggs until blended.
Place the prepared crust on a baking sheet and pour in the filling mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or just until the filling is set. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely (takes about 1 hour). Cover and refrigerate at least 4 but up to 24 hours.
Remove tart from pan and place on serving plate.
Beat the cream and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Top the tart with the whipped cream and add garnishes if desired.
Note: If you don't want the gingersnap crust, you could use 2 (4-oz each) ready-made mini graham cracker crusts and make mini tarts.