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Herman Sour Dough Starter for Cake Recipes

Herman Sour Starter

Herman is my sourdough starter, good for making cookies, cakes, breads and many more healthy and delicious sour dough recipes. I'm not sure where or when or why a sourdough starter was given a name like Herman, but my family has had Herman in our kitchens for over 20 years.

2 cups Flour
2 cups Milk
1 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Warm water
2 Tablespoons or 2 packages Active dry yeast

Herman Growing

Oven Temp ~
Baking Time ~
Pan Type ~ Mixing bowl

Herman Sour Dough Starter Directions:

Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of sugar over the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size.
( approximately 10 minutes )
Mix milk, remaining sugar, flour and yeast mixture in a plastic or glass container, about the size of a 5 quart ice cream bucket.
Stir using only a wooden spoon or paddle
(metal objects retard Herman's natural growth).
Cover loosely or place a plate over top of container so Herman can breathe.
Herman doubles, even triples at times of vigorous rising.
Place Herman in a warm place overnight. Next day, refrigerate loosely covered, try to stir each day.
On the 5th day, measure out 1 cup of sour dough Herman to bake with and measure out another cup to give to a friend as a gift.

To continue growing your Herman Sour Dough Starter:

Feed the Herman you have left -
1 cup Flour
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Sugar.
Stir well.
Keep in refrigerator in the same container, loosely covered. Stir every day. On the 10th day, if you wish, measure out another cup of Herman to use.
Feed Herman -
2 cups Flour
2 cups Milk
1 cup Sugar.
After tenth day you can start using Herman almost daily or as desired. As long as you remember to feed him approximately every 5 days he will survive.
At this stage, you can also freeze Herman Sour Dough Starter.

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Sticky sweet forbidden things.
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Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.

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Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
And leave her your 1000 calorie surprise!

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Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

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