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Herman the German Sourdough

A few weeks ago – I was given a little tub of ‘Herman the German’ Sourdough by a friend – with instructions to look him up on line! Imagine my excitment when I found out I could not only make bread from this little fellow but cake as well 😀

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1) this is the size my Herman had reached before I made him into bread – GIANT!

2) can you see the sourdough bubbly goodness? 😀 i love to stir Herman, bubbles make me happy – i like bubbly things…. champagne mainly….

3) the simple ingredients of good bread – yeast ( Herman ), 500g flour & approx 325g water!

4) 2 ladels of Herman being added to the flour – sqishy smelly yeasty beast that he is!

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5) stir it all together

6) give it a good ole knead

7) & pop into a bowl , somewhere warm to rise ( i actually turned my oven on a really low heat till it warmed up, turn it off, n popped my bread in there for 1/2 and hour – my house is baltic )

8 ) Herman has double the bread in size….

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9) it is time to knock him back again

10) pop the now smaller knocked back Herman dough on the baking tray you intend to bake him on, & cover him in clingfilm before popping him somewhere warm to rise again

11) one he has risen – approx twice the size again ( mine kinda splodged 🙁 )

12) do as you wish ( yes my lines where a bit of a fail ) before popping him into the oven at 200c – the original recipe states that he should be in the oven for about 40mins – my loaf was in the oven for about an hour. But as you will see below he was a little dark once cooked through – I think it is just about knowing your own oven! Next time i will have the temp slightly lower & cook slightly longer…

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11) 12) 13) & 14) over all I am really happy with him – a sweet loaf – perfect will cheese or just toasted with a good smothering of butter. ( make it a special butter 😉 ) He even has the bubbles 🙂

the cake recipe will follow soon 🙂 my Herman is currently looking for homes – if you reckon you could provide Herman with a loving home to be nurtured in – get in touch 😀

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