Friendship Bread with Herman Starter


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Friendship Bread with Herman Starter

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    1 tbsp. dry yeast
    2 ½ c. lukewarm water
    6 c. all-purpose flour, divided
    1 ½ tsp. salt, divided
    1 ½ c. plus 3 tbsp sugar, divided
    1 ½ c. milk, divided
    1 c. Herman Starter
    1 c. oil
    3 large eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    1 ½ tsp. baking powder
    1 (5.1 oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
    ½ c. raisins, optional
    ½ c. nuts, optional
    cinnamon and additional sugar


    1. To make Herman starter, dissolve 1 tablespoon yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add rest of water, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons sugar. Mix thoroughly in non-metal container. Cover loosely with waxed paper or cheesecloth and let sit for 5 to 10 days, until bubbly. Stir every morning using a wooden or plastic spoon.
    2. On the fifth day, give the Herman starter the first feeding. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour and 1 cup milk. Stir until smooth. Cover loosely. Count this as Day 1. Stir every morning.
    3. On the fifth day, give Herman a second feeding, using the same ingredients as the first feeding. Stir every morning.
    4. On the tenth day, Herman is ready to use. Use 2 cups Herman to bake with, give 1 cup (with this recipe) to a friend. Keep 1 cup as starter to continue with, and feed and continue as before, stirring and covering.
    5. Feed Herman every 5 days whether used for baking or not.
    6. To make friendship bread, stir together 1 cup Herman, oil, eggs, vanilla and milk. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda, baking powder, pudding mix, raisins and nuts.
    7. Pour into 2 large well-greased and sugared with cinnamon/sugar mixture loaf pans. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of batter before baking.
    8. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.