I am totally loving having Herman to stay with us and am having so much fun inventing new recipes to include the sweet sourdough starter, below are the links to the recipes I have baked so far.
Herman the German Friendship Cake
Toffee and Pecan Herman Cake
Hot Cross Herman Buns
Basic Herman Sponge Cake
Herman Chocolate Cinnamon Loaf
English Honey Herman Cake
Chocolate Herman Brownies
Herman Carrot Cake
Pear and Ginger Cake
Herman Ginger Cake
Herman Banana Bread
Cinnamon Herman Biscuits
Triple Chocolate Herman Muffins
Herman Lemon Drizzle Cake
Herman Banana Loaf Cake
Herman Toffee Apple Cake
Herman Malt Loaf
I have been asked a few times now about keeping smaller portions of Herman going, here are instructions for a Half-Herman or Mini-Herman for those who are overwhelmed by Herman!
I am also going to write the answers to any Frequently Asked Questions below so if you do have any Herman questions do ask and I will try to answer them here so everyone can benefit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who or what is Herman?
A. Herman is also know as Herman the German Friendship Cake, it is a sweet sourdough starter made up of flour, sugar and milk.
Q. My Herman is lumpy what can I do?
A. When you feed Herman he may become lumpy, the best way to get rid of the lumps is to give the mix a whisk with a metal whisk. This has the added bonus of incorporating more air which may also bring in wild yeasts to keep your Herman mix fermenting.
Q. I forgot to stir Herman today, will he be ok?
A. Herman will be ok if you don’t mix him for one day but you should give him a very good stir as soon as you remember.
Q. Can I make my own Herman starter?
A. Yes, you can make your own starter. Follow this recipe for Herman Starter then you can start your 10 day cycle the day after.
Q. Can I make bread with Herman?
A. Herman ferments with yeasts that are naturally found in the air and with the flour, therefore Herman can be used to make breads, the breads will be sweet due to the high proportion of sugar in Herman.
Q. What else can I make with Herman?
A. Herman can be used to make a large number of cakes and yeasted baked goods, your limit is your imagination, above are some ideas but do try your own and let me know how you get on.
Q. Can I put Herman in the fridge?
A. If you received your Herman with a set of instructions they will most likely say ‘You Cannot put me in the fridge or I will die’. This is however not the case, putting Herman in the fridge just slows down the rate of fermentation to about half the normal, so extending the cycle. This is recommended for a weekend away.
Q. Can I freeze Herman?
A. You can also freeze Herman, this is not recommended for very long periods of time but will cope with a few weeks and the cycle can be started again once Herman has defrosted.
Q. How much should Herman expand by?
A. Herman can expand by up to four times given optimum fermenting conditions so put him into a bowl large enough to contain this growth.
Q. Do I have to follow the 10 day cycle?
A. You don’t actually need to follow the 10 day cycle, if you need to use Herman sooner than in 10 days time you can give him each of his feeds a day or two earlier.
Q. If I am following the 10 day cycle what days can I bake with my Herman?
A. As with traditional sourdough starters it is usual to feed the mix the day before it is to be used to bake with but I have used my Herman to bake with on days 1, 2 and 3 and the results were fine.
Q. What makes my Herman smell?
A. The smell of your Herman is from the fermentation of the yeast in the mix producing alcohol and this in turn turns into acids.
I’d love to know if you bake any of the recipes here and how you have found them, any feedback greatly welcome.
Also, if you have any questions about Herman don’t hesitate to ask, leave me a comment below, ask on twitter @BELLA_and_WILL or join my facebook page and message me there :)
As always, happy baking :)