Back on my "old" blog, Sunny Patch Cottage, I did a series called "A Handmade Life". Two of the parts were wrapped around someone named Herman.
Who is Herman, you ask?
Herman has a nice bubbly personality. He smells a little strong, but that is easily forgiven. He thrives on whole grain goodness.
Herman is a sourdough starter. <grins>
A while back I made my first batch of Herman cookies and they were a hit. I've made them a few times since then and added chocolate chips and some homemade buttercream frosting. These I gave as presents at Christmas to the kids' teachers, and they went over very well.
Since then, I've found other uses for Herman. He's pretty useful to have around--he can be part of many baking adventures!
For those of you who are adventurous and would like to try new things, get some of your sourdough starter out and ready. If you don't have one, you can read how I made one here.
Add some Herman to pancake batter. Just a half cup or full cup, then add your regular ingredients, maybe a little extra flour or water to get the consistency you like. It will be extra puffy and fluffy!
Add Herman to biscuit dough and he'll make your biscuits rise very nicely. He loves to interact with baking soda and baking powder!
I've added Herman to cake mix, pie crust, muffins, corn bread, pizza crust, and had wonderful success with all of them. Use some trial and error and see what you like! It's a great way to add some whole grain goodness, using natural, non commercial yeasts, and doing things just a bit old fashioned. :)
If you have some ideas on where you can add sourdough starter into a recipe, by all means comment and share!
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