apple cheesecake elegante

8 servings
1 pack Cheesecake mix, 10 1/2 oz.
¼ cup Sugar
¼ cup Butter or margarine, melted
⅓ cup Walnuts, ground or finely chopped
1½ cup Cold milk
2 cups Canned applesauce
½ teaspoon Grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
¼ cup Brown sugar
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Mace


CRUST: To make crust, empty envelope of graham cracker crust from mix into a bowl. Add ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup melted butter or margarine and nuts. Mix until thoroughly combined. Press mixture firmly against sides and bottom of an 8 inch pie plate. Refrigerate 5 minutes or bake in 375~ oven for 8 minutes. Cool. FILLING: Pour milk into a small mixing bowl. Add contents of cheesecake filling envelope from mix, ½ cup applesauce, and grated lemon rind. Beat atlow speed with electric mixer until blended. Beat at medium speed 3 minutes longer.

Pour into prepared crust; chill at least 1 hour. TOPPING: Combine 1½ cups applesauce and remaining ingredients in saucepan; simmer for 20 minutes. To serve, top wedges of cake with spiced applesauce topping. Topping may be served warm or cold.

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