12whole graham crackers (1 package)broken into pieces
48-ounce packages cream cheesesoftened
Minced zest of 1 lemon
115-ounce can cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the center. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with some of the melted butter.
In a food processor pulse the graham cracker pieces until fine. Add the sugar and remaining butter, pulse to combine, then pour into the prepared pan. Pat the crumbs evenly on the bottom and partially up the sides of the pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove and set aside; leave the oven on.
In a large bowl beat the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and zest with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing just until incorporated after each addition. Blend in the sour cream and vanilla and mix 1 minute.
Pour the batter into the graham cracker crust and place the pan in the oven; set a pie plate filled with 3 cups water in the oven next to the cheesecake. Bake 1 hour or until the sides are set but center is still somewhat unset.
Turn the oven off, prop the door open, and let the cheesecake cool 1 hour in the oven. Chill the cooled cheesecake, loosely covered with plastic wrap, 4 hours.
In a medium bowl fold together the pie filling, berries, and vanilla. Chill until ready to use.
In a mixing bowl whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
Remove the side of the springform pan and transfer the cheesecake to a platter (do not remove the cheesecake from the pan’s base). Spoon the filling mixture in the center of the cheesecake, leaving a 1-inch margin around the edges. Pipe rosettes of the whipped cream in the margin. Slice the cheesecake using a sharp, thin-bladed knife, dipping the knife in hot water before and after each cut. Refrigerate any leftover cheesecake.
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