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Have you been ‘Hermaned’?? Do you have a bowl of bubbly goop on your work surface?  Well then you are now part of an exclusive club my friend!

Looking after Herman is easy; just stir him a couple of times a day and feed him on the fourth and ninth day with 5 ounce sugar, 5 ounce plain flour and 8 fluid ounce milk.  On the tenth day you split Herman into four portions and share with friends, using one portion as the starter for your cake.

So how do you make the cake?  Look no further.

The traditional Herman Friendship Cake recipe is made with apples and sultanas and can be found below, but I must confess to not having made it :-S   My ‘tenth day’ landed on Christmas Eve and we didn’t have any apples or time to go to the shops and I really don’t like sultanas in cakes.  So I experimented and used cranberries and discovered something amazing; Herman is a fantastic starting point for dozens of recipe ideas.

 

Traditional Herman Friendship Cake

You Will Need:

8 ounce caster sugar

10 ounce plain flour

half a teaspoon of salt

160 ml vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

2 cooking apples, cut into small chunks

7 ounce raisins

2 heaped teaspoons cinnamon

2 heaped teaspoons baking powder

To brush the top of the cake

1 ounce melted butter

1 ounce brown sugar

Method
  • Grease and line a large baking tray
  • Preheat the oven to 170/Gas Mark 4
  • Mix everything together and spoon into the baking tray
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar and melted butter
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Check with a cake tester and if the cake needs a little longer to be set ion the middle, cover it with tin foil and return to the oven until ready.
  • Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into fingers.
  • The cake freezes well

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Cranberry and Cinnamon Friendship Cake

You Will Need

8 ounce caster sugar

10 ounce plain flour

half a teaspoon of salt

160 ml sunflower oil

8 ounce dried cranberries

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

2 cooking apples, cut into small chunks

3 teaspoons cinnamon

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 ounce brown sugar for dusting

Method:

  • Grease and line a large baking tray
  • Preheat the oven to 170/Gas Mark 4
  • In a bowl, combine the cranberries and dry ingredients
  • Add the margarine and eggs and beat until fully combined
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Check with a cake tester and if the cake needs a little longer to be set ion the middle, cover it with tin foil and return to the oven until ready.
  • Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into squares
  • This cake is delicious!  If you have ever tasted a ‘Nature Valley Bar’, the cake tastes like those!!

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Ginger Friendship Cake

You Will Need:

1 portion herman starter mix

Pinch of salt

60 grams / 2 ounces light brown sugar

150 grams / 5 1/2 ounces self raising flour

60 grams / 2 ounces melted butter

100 grams / 3 1/2 ounces golden syrup

50 grams / 1 3/4 ounces honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 bicarbonate of soda

2 – 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

150 ml semi- skimmed milk

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170 / Gas Mark 3
  • Simply combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add the melted butter, milk, egg and vanilla
  • Pour into a greased and lined tin and bake for around 40 minutes.
  • Check that the cake is properly cooked with a cake tester or a sharp knife.  If the cake is not set in the middle, cover with foil and bake for another 10 minutes or so.
  • Allow to cool completely in the tin and allow to rest for a few hours before slicing
  • This cake will keep well in a tin and infact tastes better after a couple of days.
 I did eventually make a version of the traditional Herman Friendship Cake, but I ommitted the raisins……it was truly delicious!

I baked it in a bunt tin and we served it warm with a caramel sauce.  Divine.

I have a few other recipes that I’m experimenting with.  Once perfected, I’ll share those too.

Good luck with Herman!

Love Rachel

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  • I loved having a Herman! It’s such a wonderful thing, I really do hope they all came from just one starter portion. I just made the standard recipe, but I wish that I’d thought of adding a caramel sauce on top – that is sheer, delicious genius! Will bookmark this for if Herman ever comes back my way 🙂