Herman the German Friendship Cake

Ingredients (Starter Mix)

5oz Plain Flour

8oz Caster Sugar

1 1/2 pack Dry Active Yeast/3tsp.

1/2 Pint of warm Milk

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water for 10mins, then stir.
  2. Add the flour and sugar, then mix thoroughly.
  3. Slowly stir in the warm milk.
  4. Cover the bowl in a clean tea towel/cloth.
  5. Leave in a cool, dry place for 24hrs.
  6. Proceed with the 10-Day cycle below.
Day 1

Day 1

Day 4

Day 4

Day 4 [Runny consistency]

Day 4 [Runny consistency]

Day 9 [Herman should be bubbling + growing. Be ready to separate out the mixture]

Day 9 [Herman should be bubbling + growing. Be ready to separate out the mixture]

Day 10 [Time to bake!]

Day 10 [Time to bake]

 

Instructions

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
Almost oven-ready...

Almost oven-ready…

Last stages before baking: melted butter + brown sugar.

Last stages before baking: melted butter + brown sugar.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°/180°c.
  2. Mix the sugar, vanilla essence, eggs and oil together, and add Herman to this mixture.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder over the wet ingredients.
  4. 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!)
  5. Mix together well and pour into a large baking tin.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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.
  8. Serve with warm cream or ice-cream.

N.B. This cake can be frozen and defrosted to be eaten at a later date.

Herman :)

Herman :)

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Herman the German Friendship cake.

Herman the German Friendship cake.

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