Herman the Friendship Bread

I love sourdough – indeed, every day I purchase a sourdough roll from the local bakery. Therefore, when my mother came to me and told me that her next door neighbours had turned up with an icecream container and a note about a hungry sourdough called Herman, I ended up adopting him.

Yesterday Herman I turned 9, and received his second, and final feeding. Last night I divided him up into thirds – one third to go in the fridge for me to feed and nurture and make sourdough loafs from, another third I passed on to a friend, and the third I baked into the suggested cake.

With a few variations:

Here’s the slightly healthier Herman recipe:

  • 1 C sourdough starter (1C of Herman)
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 C raw sugar
  • 1 large egg (or 2 smaller eggs)
  • 2 t vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 2/3-1 C of Apple pie filling (99.5% apple, 0.5% cinnamon)
  • 10 (or so) dates cut into pieces

1. Place Herman Starter in a large bowl and add the other ingredients in the above order, stirring regularly.

2. Pour mixture into your chosen cooking implements – I used a flat pan approx 8 x 8 inches and a small round cake tin, maybe 4 inches in diameter.

3. You can leave the mix in a warm place for a while, covered with a cloth or gladwrap and it will rise somewhat.

4. Place the pans into an oven heated to 175 degrees celcius or 350 degrees fahrenheit. Bake for 25-45 minutes, checking regularly. The flatter the pan, the faster he will cook.

5. Check with a skewer once he gets golden brown on top. Allow to cool before cutting and enjoying.

Tomorrow I shall make sourdough loaf or ciabatta with the same starter (some of Herman Jr), because this starter is quite heavily fed on sugar, it shall be interesting to see how the loaf turns out. From now on, however, he will be on a sugar starvation diet and will be fed mainly water and flour instead of flour, sugar and milk.

Photos will come.

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