At a recent Xplore service, we were thinking of bread, and in particular the effect yeast can have.

Someone suggested Friendship Cake, a yeast-based cake, allowing the dough to grow, and sharing portions of it among friends. It is also sometimes known as Herman Cake in Germany.

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Friendship Cake

So – what do you do if you have been given some Friendship/Herman cake mixture, what do you do with it? Try this:


Day 1 – Place in a large mixing bowl and cover with a tea towel
Day 2 – Leave well alone
Day 3 – FEED – 1 cup (250g/8oz) SR flour
1 cup(300g/10 fl oz/half pint) milk
1/2 cup (125g/4 oz) sugar
stir and cover
Day 4 – Stir and cover
Day 5 – Stir and cover
Day 6 – Divide into 3 parts, give 1 or 2 away
Day 7 – ADD to 1 part – 2 cups (500g/8oz) SR flour
3/4 cup (180mls/5ish fl oz)Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp mixed spice
2 beaten eggs
1 cup(250g/4oz) sugar

Mix well and bake in 2lb (1kg) loaf tin 11/2 – 2 hours

Gas 2
250 -300 F
140 C