Monday, December 18, 2017

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

This is not my story. It was shared with me by an old friend who lives in a different state.

He is a photographer by trade, and was covering a dinner service at a local food pantry. Along with this dinner was a raffle where prizes were being given out.

The big prize that day was a bicycle. As the winning number was read, he watched an 11 year old girl's face just light up with joy.
But, she wasn't one of the needy there eating dinner, she was a volunteer.

He was having an internal battle with himself.
He was angry and upset that the volunteers were included in the raffle. He felt injustice that someone who has enough, got something extra as they were surrounded by those who have nothing.

He described her elation as she headed towards the podium as "clutching her golden ticket while walking into the Wonka factory".

Then he realized what was really going on.

This 11 year old child, who indeed was not hurting for the necessities in life, also had her head and heart in the right place.
She walked to the podium and spoke to the announcer.
Next thing that was said was that the original winner had declined the bicycle.

Other people commented that maybe she just didn't like the look, size, or style of the bike. My friend and I have decided we just believe that she is a good soul and did what she felt was right.

So proud of this child that I have never met.
Her parents have done a wonderful job. She is an asset to the world around her.

2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Vegetable oil
3 Eggs
1 ½ Tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tsp Lemon extract
2 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
3 Cups All purpose flour
1 ½ Tsp Baking powder
1 ½ Tsp Salt
1 ½ Cups Milk

2 Tbsp Lemon juice
¾ Cup Confectioners sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans
3. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract in a large bowl
4. Stir in poppy seeds
5. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt
6. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture, mixing well between each addition
7. Divide batter evenly between each pan
8. Bake loaves for 45 minutes
9. Mix icing and drizzle over warm loaves


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  1. It's lovely when young people behave so impeccably! Your Lemon Poppy Seed Bread looks delicious, Jay. Thank you so much for sharing it, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul LInk Party. Sharing on Twitter. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. What a nice story! Thank you for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  3. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!