Herman sweet sourdough starter

    15 days 30 min

    This recipe for a Herman sourdough starter is ideal for sweeter creations. It will take 15 days for the starter to mature, with feeding. Following that, should you continue to feed it, it will be ready for use every 10 days. Do not use any metal utensils or bowls at any point while making this sourdough starter.

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    Makes: 8 servings

    • 1 (9g) sachet dried active yeast
    • 475ml warm water (45 degrees C)
    • 250g plain flour
    • 50g caster sugar
    • For feeding
    • 200g caster sugar, divided
    • 250g plain flour, divided
    • 475ml milk, divided

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:15days  ›  Ready in:15days30min 

    1. In a large glass or plastic container, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Stir in the flour and sugar, mix until smooth, taking care not to use a metal spoon or bowl. Cover loosely and store in a warm place overnight.
    2. The next day, stir then place in the fridge to chill.
    3. Stir once each day for the next four days. On the fifth day, stir, then divide in half. Give this half away to a friend, with feeding instructions.
    4. Feed the starter with 100g white sugar, 125g of the flour, and half the milk. Stir until smooth. Cover and place back in the fridge. Stir once each day for next four days.
    5. On the tenth day feed again with 100g white sugar, 125g flour, and the remaining milk. Return to the fridge and stir once each day for the next four days.
    6. On the fifteenth day it is ready to be used for baking. Reserve 250g of the starter in the fridge and continue to follow the stir and feed cycle, if desired.

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    can I use the sourdough everyday if i kept it on the counter?Or must I wait for the 5-10 day cycle to bake.  -  04 Mar 2018


    HERMAN STARTER---On the fifth day of dividing the starter I chose to make pancakes with the discarded starter. Wow! I was really impressed with the pancakes. Never have I eaten such delicious sweet sourdough pancakes. I have used other soughdough starters in making pancakes but I have never been able to produce such light and airy pancakes. These pancakes were brimming with flavor and are delicious eaten cold, with butter and jam. I don't like left over pancakes normally I discard them but Herman's pancakes can be eaten cold or plain with or without syrup, butter and jam. I'm really pleased with the Herman starter. NOTE---Herman sweet sourdough starter can be used for baking any time after the 5th day. It's not necessary to wait 15 days. Start using it after the 5th day. This starter is a keeper.  -  28 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Herman is the best! I have used it in all sorts of recipes and am so glad to keep the old fashioned starter alive. Herman Cake made great gifts for friends.  -  06 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)