A couple of weeks ago a friend gave me a little box of something frothing and faintly smelly, and a sheet of instructions.
You keep Herman warm for ten days, stirring every day and feeding him with flour, milk and sugar every few days. Then you divide him into four, make a cake with one part and give three parts away so that other people can enjoy his company and the world gradually becomes populated with little Hermans.
I sussed out that this was effectively a kind of sourdough starter. It was smelling rather interesting by the time I made the cake. You add flour, sugar, eggs, chopped apple, cinnamon and raisins, spread into a very large baking tin, sprinkle with more sugar and bake.
It didn’t seem to matter. As Herman was baking the smell in the kitchen was nothing short of absolutely divine.
Herman is actually otherwise known as a German Friendship Cake. You can read all about him here and see the instructions and the recipe. My little Hermans are now spreading all over Derbyshire as little boxes of the dough get passed around.
If you are lucky enough to be given a mini Herman I would very much recommend you suspend all misgivings about whose kitchen worktop it has been fermenting on, and whose kids have been poking it, and give it a go – you will not be disappointed !!
For the first time I am entering a new baking challenge, ALPHABAKES, arranged by Caroline Makes and More than the Occasional Baker. This month the challenge is hosted by Caroline and you have to bake something beginning with the letter H. Herman turned up on my doorstep at just the right time for this !!