Wednesday 29 February 2012

The story of Herman

About two weeks ago, my son returned from his girlfriend's with a bowl of a strange cream coloured mixture.
"I've brought you Herman" he said.  And with a brief "Oh, you'll need these instructions too" he was off.
Turns out that Herman is a German Friendship Cake mixture.  A basic sourdough base to which you add flour, sugar and milk a couple of times over the course of 10 days and keep loosely covered at all times on your work surface.  Herman grows to quite a size and bubbles away to prove he is still alive.  The initial Herman mix must have yeast included in it!  Then you divide Herman into four.  Pass three portions onto friends and add more ingredients to the remaining one and bake it.
Here's Herman's progress:
The final ingredients I added included cooking apples, cinnamon and sultanas and before it went into the oven, a generous sprinkling of brown sugar and melted butter to give it a crisp crunchy topping.
And the verdict?  Let's just say that I baked Herman on Monday night, it is now Wednesday morning and there is just one slim portion left.  Husband is now very upset that he can never have Herman again, unless someone passes a portion of him back to me in 10 days time!


Sian said...

You learn something new every day - I hadn't heard of this one before, but I definitely like the sound of it!

Rhona said...

We had Herman a little while ago and I was very pleasantly surprised with the end result. I'd be interested to know what's in the starting mixture x

Alison said...

I think I would enjoy having Herman to visit!
Alison xx

Jo.C said...

I've heard and read about this but never seen one - think would be scared of the responsibility of feeding him :0)
Loved seeing the process.

scrappyjacky said...

I had heard of this....but have never partaken....sounds great.

Denise said...

I remember doing one of these when we worked together - It was really nice - do you remember it from OSL days? x

Amy said...

I rememebr Lizzie having Herman some time last year - it is hard to believe how well he works out!

Laurie said...

I remember this doing the rounds about 25 years ago..loved it !