Herman Sourdough Starter


This is a recipe for a sweet sourdough starter known as Herman. There are a number of things that can be made from it. It's very important to NOT use metal utensils or bowls! It will take 15 days for the starter to mature and be ready to use the first time you make it. After that it can be ready for use every 10 days.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
6 days 22 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
6 days 22 hrs 40 mins
4 cups


  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup white sugar, divided

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 cups milk, divided


  1. In a large glass or plastic container, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Stir in the flour and sugar, mix until smooth. (DO NOT USE A METAL SPOON)! Cover loosely and store in a warm place overnight.

  2. The next day, stir and refrigerate.

  3. Stir once each day for the next four days. On the fifth day, stir, then divide in half. Give half away with feeding instructions.

  4. Feed starter with 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk. Stir until smooth. Cover and place in refrigerator. Stir once each day for next four days.

  5. On the tenth day feed again with 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk. Return to refrigerator and stir once each day for the next four days.

  6. On the fifteenth day it is ready to be used for baking. Reserve one cup of the starter in the refrigerator and continue to follow the stir and feed cycle (Stir once a day for four days, stir and feed on the fifth day, ready for use on the tenth day.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
2g Fat
82g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 182mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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