5th – 11th August is National Friendship week in America so we thought we’d adopt it and show you a brilliant bakey way to show your nearest and dearest that you care.
Meet our Herman the German Friendship Cake…
He may not look like much now but we’re going to nurture him over the next 10 days then divide him into 4 and share him with our 3 best friends. No doubt they’ll think he’s just a bowl of goop and bubbles but Herman is much more than that…
Right now he’s what is known as a sourdough “starter mix” who will need feeding and stirring before being baked into a lovely big sourdough cake. We wanted to give you plenty of time to make your own Herman before friendship week so we used this simple recipe (courtesy of www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com) to bring him to life, just in case none of your friends have a Herman just yet…
What You Need
Firstly, make sure you have the following:
- 5oz plain flour
- 8oz castor sugar
- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- Half a pint of warm milk
- 2 fl oz. of warm water
What You Do
- Dissolve the yeast in warm water for 10 minutes then stir.
- Add the flour and sugar then mix thoroughly.
- Slowly stir in the warm milk.
- Cover the bowl in a clean cloth.
- Leave in a cool dry place for 24 hours
- Now proceed from day one of the 10 day cycle.
Once you have your Herman its time to start the 10 day nurturing process (click HERE for the instructions!) Its very important that Herman isn’t left in the fridge as this will actually kill him! He enjoys warmer climes as you can see from our Herman, kicking back and taking advantage of the lovely weather we’re having…
If you’d like to join us in treating friends to a completely unique and thoughtful present this National Friendship Week you can find out lots more about Herman’s origin and all about how to care for him HERE