“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
Around Christmas time, the best lesson to teach young children is the gift of giving: giving something truly special – like knowledge in a form of secretly guided family recipe or a sweetly scented cake made following it. It is an obligation, but more than that, it is an opportunity to love somebody else. Since all human beings have their own love languages, to really show love to another person takes a lot more effort than simply grabbing the first thing seen at the store that fits into a pre-set budget. It takes time to understand what a person truly needs and loves. It’s not about the giver, si gifts have to be something they would really want. One can’t buy love, so cost is not nearly as meaningful as the planning and time that go into the gift. Less is more.
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Bible, John 15:12-13
Regardless of the amount, people with the gift of giving genuinely view their treasures, talents, and time as on loan from God and not their own, using it for sharing with others. They are often moved to meet the physical needs of others. They enjoy giving of themselves and what they have. Even if they do not possess the resources to help, they earnestly pray for those needs to be met.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran
For the Brioche Dough:
400-450 g plain flour
2 teaspoons salt
50 g caster sugar
170 g unsalted butter, softened
yeast, dissolved in tepid water
For the Poppy Seed Filling:
200 g ground poppy seed
150 ml milk
100 g icing sugar
5 tbsp raisin
Zest of one lemon
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pour the flour into a large bowl. Add the salt, sugar, eggs, softened butter and yeast into the centre. Mix well to form a
dough. Place a plate on top of the bowl and let rise overnight (or for 6-7 hours).
To make the filling put the milk, poppy seeds, sugar, raisin, lemon zest, vanilla extract into a pan, cook on the stove until boiling point and set it aside, let it cool completely.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out and cut it in half. Divide the filling and spread it on the two rectangles of dough. Roll up tightly and transfer it to a buttered loaf tin. Let rise in a warm area until the top of the dough reaches the edges of the tin. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Make a glaze by combining 1 teaspoon water with 50g icing sugar until smooth. Set aside.
Bake the brioche in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately brush with sugar glaze. Cool it before serving.
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” Amy Carmichael
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” Ben Carson