Herman Meets Busy Girl
About 2 months ago, I was given by my Grandson Joseph a plastic container full of a Starter Dough. He was given it by my daughter Katie and so it started to spread around the family
Herman is the gift that keeps on giving. Once you receive Herman, you transfer him to a larger bowl, give him a good stir and continue to look after him and feed him.
Use one for making your cake,
Save one for the next time and give away the other two.
(I actually used 3 portions, made Bread, Banana and Coconut Cake
Plus This Delicious Christmas Cake).
Day 10. Cook
Anyone can make this... it is so so simple, moist delicious, and we have nearly finished it already. A great success.
“Sigh” that means, I will have to make another one, oh dear
Your giver also hands you instructions and the recipe to make the original cake, which is like an apple strudel.
But, Stop, there is more... if you go onto the Herman The German Website, click here
there is a plethora of recipes. People all around the world have got excited about turning Herman into new delights. Including all sorts of cakes, muffins and bread
Plus 'How to Start Your Own Herman'
I was asked to devise a Christmas Cake.
Decades ago my friend Jeannie, found a recipe for the aptly named “Busy Girls Christmas Cake”.
It’s a Throw everything, all in together, cake, just like Herman.
So Why not blend the two.
Looking through other people attempts at different cakes on the Herman Website,
For the proportions, I decided to remove 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar and replace them with my portion of Herman
(If you want to make the cake, sans Herman, replace the flour and the egg)
Wet ingredients, dry ingredients and fruit
Preheat oven to 160C/325F
Line a 23 cm tin with baking paper
900 gms/2lbs ready mixed fruit
60gms/2 oz blanched almonds optional
950 mls/2 pints boiling water
225 gms/8 oz butter cut into small pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp BP
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp almond essence
¼ cup Brandy or Rum
In a large bowl place the fruit and almonds.
Pour over boiling water, cover with
a large plate and leave to stand for 15 mins.
Place portion of Herman into a big bowl
In another bowl beat eggs, white and brown sugar together. until soft and creamy.
Stir butter and fruit mixture until well mixed.
Stir in almond essence.
Add the Herman, eggs and sugar blend
Lastly fold in sifted dry ingredients.
Place mixture into prepared tin (well lined.)
When it is finished check with a skewer or toothpick
Hopefully after the 1 ¾ hours the skewer will come out clean
You may have to cook for another 10 minutes
When cold, prick with a skewer an inch apart all over the cake.
It was lovely but if you can wait...give it at least a week before decorating.
I’m not fond of the Almond Icing, Royal Icing Combo
I went for the Apricot Jam Glaze and Glace Fruit and Nut Decor
½ cup Apricot Jam melted
Your choice of Glace Fruits
I went for Red and Green Cherries, Slivered Almonds and Mixed Peel
Go mad it’s Christmas after all
It is not a dark cake but so full of flavour.
But then again... maybe I can make another