Recipe for Creamy Fruit 'N' Nut Cheesecake


    Creamy Fruit 'n' Nut Cheesecake

    1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    16 ounces cream cheese, softened
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
    1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1 1/3 cups ready-to-use mincemeat
    1/2 cup chopped nuts
    1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
    1 cup whipping cream, whipped
    Sour cream and nuts (optional)

    Combine butter, crumbs and sugar. Pat firmly on bottom of a 9-inch springform or 9-inch square baking pan. Chill.

    In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk; beat until smooth.

    In a small saucepan, soften gelatin in lemon juice. Over low heat, dissolve gelatin completely. Add to cheese mixture with mincemeat, nuts and rind; mix well. Thoroughly fold in whipped cream. Turn into prepared pan. Chill for 3 hours or until set. Garnish with sour cream and nuts, if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.