A Pound of Love

March 28, 2009

“…for I was hungry and you gave me food….” Matthew 25:25

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Despina Nicoloudakis. I am the mother of five children whose ages range from two to nineteen and my husband is the priest of Saint Matthew’s, so life can be pretty busy at times. St. Matthew’s is part of the Greek Orthodox Church which teaches us to reflect Christ’s love to all people.

Though we are a small church, and are looking forward to building a structure on Rt. 222, I was thinking of how we might join together with those of other faiths, to reach out to our community in these unsettling times. How can we be a small sign of hope, love and healing? As I considered this, I realized that many of us have fond memories of arriving home after a long day, and enjoying a freshly baked treat. This led me to the idea of baking pound cakes.

Spring is coming, a time of rebirth, so with this in mind, I invite people of all faiths to come together to bake a pound cake (a recipe belowJ ) to be collected and distributed to a variety of people who represent the need we all have for recognition and healing.

On Saturday, March 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the “loaves of love” will be collected. You will find a small white tent in Reading’s City Park at the Band Stage area, bearing the sign: “A Pound of Love.” Once the loaves are collected, they will be distributed to the women inmates at the Berks County Prison, to Food Banks and to residents from the Opportunity House.

What better time in life to spread love, joy and hope to one another than now? Consider planning a day of baking with your women’s group, prayer group, youth group, school or playgroup.

It is in giving that we receive. So, get those aprons and oven mittens out! God willing, when our new church is built, we can all get together there, enjoy each others company and experience a pound of love as we continue together to share what we have with those who have not.

For more information, please contact me at despi101@aol.com

One of many pound cake recipes:
Barbara’s Golden Pound Cake (Barbara Jordan)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juic
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Grease & flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening & sugar until light & fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating very well after each. Stir in the lemon extract & vanilla. Beat in the flour alternately with the milk, mixing until thoroughly blended.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool, then drizzle with the lemon glaze.
  4. To make lemon glaze: Put the confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl. Mix in lemon juice, a teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency in achieved