I have been pleasantly surprised at how much interest I have had on my blog today. I am not sure if it is because people have extra time as it is a long weekend; that they don’t want to go outside as the weather has turned rather cold or that my readers are genuinely interested in Herman the German friendship cake.
I am hoping that the reason why I have had so many hits is that Herman is a topic of much interest as I am going to post about him again today. I was so excited when I received Herman that I decided to keep my starter going rather than baking a cake with one cut of the mix and giving the other three parts away when I reached day 10 of looking after him. This is because I love experimenting with baking and what a perfect opportunity to try new things than with a live starter. I am aware that not all of you will have access to a starter that is already bubbling so thought I’d do a bit of wandering round the internet to find out how to make a starter from scratch. There were a number of different methods and not having tried any of them myself I do feel reluctant to post a recipe but the following from www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com seems quite easy:
The Herman Starter Mix
If you have never been given a starter mix for a friendship cake, it is very easy to make. This way you can start your own Herman and get sharing right away. Here’s how:
- 5oz plain flour
- 8oz castor sugar
- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- Half a pint of warm milk
- 2 fl oz lukewarm water
What to do:
- Dissolve the yeast in warm water for 10 minutes and stir.
- Add the flour and sugar then mix thoroughly.
- Slowly stir in the warm milk.
- Cover the bowl with a clean cloth.
- Leave in a cool dry place for 24 hours
- Now proceed from day one of the 10 day cycle.
I hope this helps some of you if you are desperate to try a Herman friendship cake but don’t have access to a starter. Like I have said before I am very happy if there are any of you locally that want a cut of my Herman.
Really hope that you have had a super day. We have had a lovely day, although it was quite cold here we decided to go for a walk. We just walked out from our house and kept going to see where we would end up. We found a field with a horse and two donkeys in which the kids were absolutely thrilled about.
Happy Easter and happy baking.