Ten days later and Herman has just come out of the oven (for those of you unfamiliar with Herman, take a look at my last post). He looks absolutely gorgeous with a golden brown crust of bubbling brown sugar. And the smell, mmm it’s delicious, aromas of cinnamon and apple mixed with that mouth watering freshly baked, just out of the oven smell have engulfed my kitchen.
Despite the distraction of work and a week of gorgeously balmy spring weather, I have diligently stirred and fed Herman over the past ten days and yesterday I divided him up into four pieces. The fourth of which I baked this evening, adding a number of ingredients including apple chunks, cinnamon and vanilla extract into my original Herman mix.
Herman before going into the oven
Herman baked and smelling delicious
He’s still cooling, so I have been distractedly watching TV and drooling from afar all evening and tomorrow when I get home from work I’m going to give Herman a try. Until then, I’m just going to have to be patient!
For those of you who feel your missing out on Herman and don’t know anyone who can give you a piece, you can find a starter Herman recipe online. And if you’re curious as to how to look after Herman and what to add, I’ve included the instructions below.
Herman is a German sourdough friendship cake. Herman is alive and grows slowly but surely because of a yeasting process. It takes ten days before you can eat him. You CANNOT put Herman in the fridge and if he stops bubbling , he’s dead.
DAY 1: Once you get your piece of Herman, pour him into a big bowl so he can grow and cover with a tea towel.
DAY 2: Stir well
DAY 3: Stir well
DAY 4: Herman is hungry! You must feed him with:
- 200ml milk
- 150g plain flour
- 200g granulated sugar
DAY 5: Stir well
DAY 6: Stir well
DAY 7: Stir well
DAY 8: Stir well
DAY 9: Herman is hungry again! Feed him as Day 4.
Having been fed, he now needs to be split into four equal pieces. Give away three of these along with a copy of the instructions.
DAY 10: Your remaining piece of Herman is ready to be made into a cake.
I made an apple cake with my Herman adding the below ingredients:
- 200g granulated sugar
- half tsp salt
- 250g plain flour
- a bit of cooking or olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 diced cooking apples
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
Mix everything in a large bowl. Place in a greased baking tray, sprinkle with brown sugar and melted butter and put into a pre heated oven at 170-180C for 45 minutes to an hour. When cold cut into slices. Herman can also be frozen.
After all this care, attention and nurturing … eat him and enjoy!!!