How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients, mixing well. Press crumb mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Combine cream cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice, and vanilla; beat at high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar and salt, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until cheesecake is almost set. Turn oven off, and partially open door; leave cake in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; run a knife around edge of pan, and release sides. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Serve with Warm Dried Cherry Sauce. Store in refrigerator.
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