Category: Bread, Bread
2 tb Or 2 envelopes active dry 1 c Sugar
Yeast 2 c All purpose white flour
1/4 c Warm water 2 c Milk (see note)
DAY,1: Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and
let stand a few minutes until yeast is active and swelling. Combine
remaining sugar,flour and milk in a 4 t0 6 quart glass,plastic or pottery
bowl or container.(Do not use metal bowls or utensils as these may retard
starter growth). With a wooden spoon, stir in active yeast mixture. Cover
loosely with a towel so Herman can breathe. Let stand in a warm draft free
DAYS,2, 3,and 4: Stir daily with a wooden spoon. Keep covered. Keep cool.
DAY,5: Stir in 1/2 cup sugar,1 cup milk and 1 cup flour. Let stand 24
DAYS,6, 7, 8, and 9: Stir daily with a wooden spoon.
DAY,10: Repeat DAY 5, stirring in 1/2 cup sugar,1 cup milk and 1 cup
THIS gives you enough starter to use freely in recipes and/or give away.
Herman may be replenished as needed but can go no more than 5 days at room
temperature between feedings. After feeding, wait 24 hours before using
the renewed starter.
DAILY stirring helps keep yeast mold from forming.
Most directions specify that Herman not be refrigerated since cooler
temperatures slow the growth and "souring" of the starter. It is, however,
a safer course for busy cooks with fast growing starters. Herman also is
freezer-friendly and may be kept on ice between baking impulses if you get
NOTE: If desired,substitute buttermilk for milk in starter for more
flavor and less fat. If more starter is needed, additions may be doubled
when 2 or more cups of starter are used.....
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