This is how Herman came to us, in a jar and then decanted into a mixing bowl with a device Brunel himself would have been proud of. Herman is more of a concept than a food, the premise being that you share Herman with your friends. The best way to explain the idea is to look at the instructions below.
Our Herman came from a good friend who is also a total food nut and who was totally captured by the idea when it was shared with him. There is something about the lengthy process of raising Herman that gives the final product something quite special indeed.
Despite looking rather like a bucket of sick every time you ‘Stir well’ the end result is a true culmination of the labour of love put into Herman.
I can give my full recommendation that Herman The German Friendship Cake is a great thing to do with friends and family and a further recommendation that the final delicious and indeed, as the instructions say, enjoyed with ice cream when still warm is just amazing.
Having grown up in Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, we try to embrace all things Kentish and regularly visit Kent food festivals, pubs, vineyards and the like. We like to shop in the local farm shop and use Kent produce where possible.
With our wedding looming in the distance we wanted to make sure our wedding favours reflected our tastes, so I am embarking on a mission to bake the perfect Lavender shortbread recipe. Here is the recipe I used for Lavender shortbread trial 1:
Two days prior to baking the shortbread infuse 130g of caster sugar with lavender culinary buds available from The Hop Shop (this is cheaper than buying Waitrose‘s pricey Lavender caster sugar)
Line three baking trays with greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 180c
The baking stage – Rub 225g plain flour with the lavender caster sugar
Beat 275g plain flour and 75g rice flour into the mix
Add 5 drops of lavender culinary essence (also available from The Hop Shop) into the mixture, be careful not to do anymore, this is very overpowering stuff. Mix until it forms a dough like shortbread mixture
Put the dough into clingfilm and pop it in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes
Dust your working area with plain flour, roll the mixture out and cut into any shape you like, sprinkle on a little golden caster sugar if you like
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy
Baking this will fill your home with the most amazing lavender smell. We felt this was a good first trial and our friends and family who got to sample the batch gave us really good feedback. This would be great as a summer desert with some vanilla or even lavender ice cream!