hey everyone! i hope you have been having a wonderful summer. i have been very busy, gallivanting here, there and everywhere across the UK and even as far as Paris!
before i share with you some pictures from the past month or so i wanted to show you Herman...
Herman is a friendship cake. he travels around to different people, a little part of him always carried on...
i was round a friends house when i noticed a big bowl of mixture out on the side - naturally i wondered what it was, since when do you leave cake mix out instead of baking it straight away? she showed me the instructions for looking after Herman and making him grow, and explained the concept of the 'friendship cake'.
awesome idea! weird to have milk left out for so long fermenting and growing things in it, but the final result was incredibly tasty and moist.
basically what happens is that you get a cup of starter from a friend, feed it milk, sugar and flour and after 10 days you divide the mix up into four, give 3 lots to 3 friends and add a bunch of flavourings to your own part before baking it. the starter is sort of like sourdough, it works with natural living yeasts in the air (i think) and therefore turns into something quite wonderful - it needs to be kept warm to allow the yeast to grow.
if you want to know how to start a friendship cake of your own, check out this post here and this one here. it's a great thing for kids to get involved with and it's a really delicious cake. i don't think it's the most healthy cake as it's got ridiculous quantities of sugar in there, but perhaps the effort and happiness that Herman brings is worth a slice or two for tea?!
currently listening to: hills and valleys by the rocket summer