Ingredients (Starter Mix)
5oz Plain Flour
8oz Caster Sugar
1 1/2 pack Dry Active Yeast/3tsp.
1/2 Pint of warm Milk
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water for 10mins, then stir.
- Add the flour and sugar, then mix thoroughly.
- Slowly stir in the warm milk.
- Cover the bowl in a clean tea towel/cloth.
- Leave in a cool, dry place for 24hrs.
- Proceed with the 10-Day cycle below.
Day 1: Put me in a large mixing bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel.
Day 2: Stir well.
Day 3: Stir well.
Day 4: Herman is hungry. Add one cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. Stir well.
Day 5: Stir well.
Day 6: Stir well.
Day 7: Stir well.
Day 8: Stir well.
Day 9: Add the same as Day 4 and stir well. Divide into 4 equal portions and give away to friends with a copy of these instructions. Keep the fourth portion. (It was on this day that I found out my friends were not as enthusiastic about Herman as I was!)
Day 10: Now you’re ready to make the cake. Stir well and add the following:
- 1 cup/8oz/225g Caster Sugar
- 2 Cps/10 oz/300g Plain Flour
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2/3 Cup/5.3oz/160ml Cooking oil (preferably Sunflower oil)
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla Essence
- 2 Cooking Apples cut into chunks
- 1 Cup/7oz/200g Raisins
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 tsp. Baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 170°/180°c.
- Mix the sugar, vanilla essence, eggs and oil together, and add Herman to this mixture.
- Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder over the wet ingredients.
- Cut the apples into chunks and add to the mixture, as well as the raisins. (I didn’t add raisins to my Herman as my taste buds don’t agree with them!)
- Mix together well and pour into a large baking tin.
- Melt a 1/4 Cup of butter on a low heat, and pour over the top of the cake mixture. Sprinkle a 1/4 of Brown sugar over the mixture as well. (The mixture will be extremely heavy and liquid in form.)
- Bake for 45mins and check if the cake is well baked in the middle. If not, cover with tin foil and bake for a further 20mins.
- Serve with warm cream or ice-cream.
N.B. This cake can be frozen and defrosted to be eaten at a later date.