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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America® is a mentoring program that focuses on empowering children and strengthening communities. The program matches youths between the ages of 6-18 with adult volunteers. In college, we mentored Littles through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America® program. Today, we are proud aunties and mentors to our niece, Keira. We partnered with Dial® Soap, a supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America® The Healthier Futures™. Last week, we baked a dessert with Keira. Baking teaches children about nutrition and food safety. It can also build their math, science, literacy and fine motor skills. We are excited to share our baking activity with you.
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We often bake seasonal desserts with Keira. First we poured our Dial Complete® Foaming Hand Wash Refill into our Dial® dispenser. This foaming hand soap kills over 99% of bacteria found in our home, yet is mild enough for daily use. Then we washed our hands with Dial Complete® Foaming Hand Wash.
With our clean hands, we gathered the ingredients for our apple pecan cheesecake. This dessert is perfect for Fall.
Keira’s favorite part was crushing graham crackers into fine crumbs for the cheesecake crust. We placed the graham cracker into a ziplock bag. Then we placed the ziplock bag on a cutting board and used a rolling pin to crush the crackers.
Stand mixers are perfect for baking with kids. Keira loves placing the ingredients into the mixer, and then we let the mixer perfectly mix all the ingredients together.
Using a springform pan, we patted the graham cracker crust down with a measuring cup. We poured the cheesecake batter on top of the crust. Then we peeled and cored the apples and coated the apples with cinnamon and sugar.
We placed the sugar coated apple slices in a circular pattern, and then topped with crushed pecans.
We baked the cheesecake for about 50 minutes. We carefully removed it from the springboard pan and placed it on a cake plate.
Keira and Archana toasted with some fresh apple cider.
Then we were ready to slice into our dessert masterpiece.
After a fun day of baking, Keira used Dial® Kids Peachy Clean during bath time. Dial® Kids formula is formulated with Pediatric Dermatologists and is hypoallergenic, pH balanced and dye free. Keira loves the peachy scent too.
Thanks to Dial® Soap and Walmart for supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America® and The Healthier Futures™ program. Do you mentor children in your family or community? If so, tell us in the comments below.
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Apple Pecan Cheesecake
- 1 cup crushed graham crackers
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 16 ounces of cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Use a rolling pin to crush graham crackers and pecans
- Melt butter
- In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and melted butter
- Press crust mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and bake for 10 minutes
- In a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar and mix at medium speed until smooth
- Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and blend in vanilla
- Pour cream cheese filling into the baked crust
- In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Coat apples with cinnamon-sugar mixture
- Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes
- With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan
- Let cool, then remove the rim of pan
- Chill cake for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving