Applesauce Cheesecake

Crust
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    (about 20 squares)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients; mix well. Press onto bottom of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.

Filling
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add flour; blend well. At low speed, add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended. Add remaining ingredients. Beat until well blended. Pour into crust-lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes or until center is set. Cool.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Just before serving, carefully remove sides of pan. Store in refrigerator.

Yields 16 servings.

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