Secret Starter: Soften yeast in water with sugar. Stir once or twice. Let stand
5 minutes or until doubled in volume. (If it doesn't double and bubble, the
yeast is no good. Throw it out and start over with a fresh pack.)
Beat remaining 3 ingredients together until smooth and beat in the bubbly yeast
mixture at end of the 5 minutes. Pour into non-metallic 8-cup container with a loose
fitting lid. Let stand in warm place 6 hours. As it bubbles up, stir it down (after
the 2nd or 3rd hour - so don't be impatient!) Then it's ready to use. Say
hello to Herman! Just remember to keep Herman out of drafts. Set him in a sunny
spot-once in a while. He delights in this! He'll bubble up with excitement if
the sun's shining on him a while!
Replacement Recipe: Every time you remove a cup of Herman, you must replace him
at once with this simple mixture.
Beat it smooth and stir it into the mixture from which you removed the cupful
for baking purposes. The above 3-cup mixture makes 1 cup of starter-batter exactly,
so if you remove TWO cups of the starter, double the replacement ingredients.
leave at least one cup of the starter at all times with which to begin your next
batch of Herman.
The object of Herman - as a Good Samaritan Recipe - is to give a cup of
the starter, along with the Replacement Recipe plus a cake to a friend. In turn
they will keep the starter going and bake up something delightful to also share
with another friend, along with a cup of the starter.
When you give away a cup of Herman a note must accompany it reading: "This
is Herman. Treat him with love and keep him warm and away from drafts. Within 3
days of receiving this portion of his secret cake starter, please add to him a smooth
mixture of one cup each - water, flour and sugar. Let him stand in a non-metallic
container with a loose-fitting lid for 6 hours before using a portion him in the