I have been handed Herman!
Herman is a friendship cake – well actually it’s the starter for a cake. A bit like a sour dough starter but sweet.
Herman was handed to me at the school gates today by my friend Sarah. When she sent me a text last week asking if I would like to try doing a Herman Friendship Cake I wondered if she had spent the afternoon drinking and whether I should pick her children up from school for her. But then I googled it and it turns out that this is a cake with its origins in the Amish community when a starter would be handed around the community to feed others (and Sarah hadn’t been drinking).
I love the idea of the starter making its way through the community, friend by friend by friend.
My Herman has been decanted from his lunch box and is sitting in a large bowl covered with a tea towel. I have to stir him and feed him a couple of times in the next ten days and then I get to make the cake and spread the love that is Herman.
I will keep you posted.