We’ve had a house guest this week. His name is Herman and he’s a sourdough starter for a German Friendship cake. We received baby Herman on Good Friday from a lovely friend who sent us off, slightly nervous at the prospect at keeping him alive for ten days (eek!), with an instruction sheet as to how to care for him. We’re on day seven today and on Saturday (day nine) we split him into four – sharing three of the quarters with friends and using the last quarter in our Friendship cake which we’ll be able to bake on Sunday.
At the moment he is bubbling away nicely – and he is much easier to care for than I had feared. The girls are very invested in the whole project – when Belle woke up from her nap today, she asked me how Herman was, and if he needed a stir. Even Barry and I have been talking about Herman world domination – wondering how long it would take for him to have visited every home in the country… and if we could sneak him across borders, perhaps the world!
This is my first adventure in using baking cultures. I’ve always been too much of a wuss to try ciabatta or sourdough as the process has always seemed so involved. But Herman is building my confidence – and you never know, I may just give a sourdough loaf a try if we manage to keep Herman alive until the weekend!
Here’s hoping I will be able to post some lovely pictures of Herman in cake form on Sunday!! Wishing you a very lovely week.