About ten days ago, Caroline came home with a flask with a liquid in it – given as a present by her mum… this is the instruction that came with it…
Hello, my name is Herman!
I am a sourdough cake. I’m supposed to sit on your worktop for 10 days without a lid on.
You CANNOT put me in the firdge or I shall die. If I stop bubbling, I’m Dead….
Day 1: You get Herman and put in a large bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel
Day 2: Stir well
Day 3: Stir well
Day 4: Herman is hungry. Add 1 cup each of plain flour (125g), Sugar (225g), Milk (240ml) and stir well.
Day 5: Stir well
Day 6: Stir well
Day 7: Stir well
Day 8: Stir well
Day 9: Herman is hungry again! Add the same as day 4 and stir well, then divide Herman into 4 equal portions and give three away to friends with a copy of these instructions, keep the 4th portion for day 10.
Day 10: Herman is very hungry now, stir him well and add the following:
- 1 cup of sugar (225g)
- half a teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of plain flour (250g)
- 2/3 of a cup of cooking oil (170g)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- 1 cup of raisins (200g)
- 2 cooking apples cut into chunks
- 2 heaped teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder
- Mix everything together and put into a large greased baking tin
- Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of melted butter
- Bake for 45-60 mins at 170 – 180C
- When cold cut into finger sized pieces
The Cake freezes well and is delicious warm with cream, sour cream or ice cream – serves especially well on Royal Copenhagen plates and eaten with silver cake forks that my sister had as you can see in the picture above.
- Have you had a Herman yet? (madeinthedesert.com)
- Womans Hour on Herman