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.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • The next day, stir and refrigerate.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

382.3 calories; 8.9 g protein; 82.2 g carbohydrates; 4.9 mg cholesterol; 28.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2004
HERMAN STARTER---On the fifth day of dividing the starter I chose to make pancakes with the discarded starter. Wow! I was really impressed with the pancakes. Never have I eaten such delicious sweet sourdough pancakes. I have used other soughdough starters in making pancakes but I have never been able to produce such light and airy pancakes. These pancakes were brimming with flavor and are delicious eaten cold, with butter and jam. I don't like left over pancakes normally I discard them but Herman's pancakes can be eaten cold or plain with or without syrup, butter and jam. I'm really pleased with the Herman starter. NOTE---Herman sweet sourdough starter can be used for baking any time after the 5th day. It's not necessary to wait 15 days. Start using it after the 5th day. This starter is a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2005
The starter smells wonderful but when it came to making the bread it came out quite bland. Made the apartment building smell like a brewery but is a nice smell. Not sure if I did something wrong with the starter or if I just need to add some fresh sugar to the bread recipe. Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2004
HERMAN STARTER---On the fifth day of dividing the starter I chose to make pancakes with the discarded starter. Wow! I was really impressed with the pancakes. Never have I eaten such delicious sweet sourdough pancakes. I have used other soughdough starters in making pancakes but I have never been able to produce such light and airy pancakes. These pancakes were brimming with flavor and are delicious eaten cold, with butter and jam. I don't like left over pancakes normally I discard them but Herman's pancakes can be eaten cold or plain with or without syrup, butter and jam. I'm really pleased with the Herman starter. NOTE---Herman sweet sourdough starter can be used for baking any time after the 5th day. It's not necessary to wait 15 days. Start using it after the 5th day. This starter is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2003
Herman is the best! I have used it in all sorts of recipes and am so glad to keep the old fashioned starter alive. Herman Cake made great gifts for friends. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2004
Sourdough starters are a lot of work, but the results are well worth the wait. This recipe makes such a thick and creamy starter. My family is very excited every 10 days when I get to whip up a batch of fresh sourdough bread. My starter isn't even very mature yet, I think I started it about 2 months ago, and every time I use it, it gets better and better. Try this starter with the San Francisco Sourdough recipe on this website. The combination is to die for! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
I love the recipe and adapted a recipe to make raisin bread in my bread oven with it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2006
Haven't seen this recipe for years but it is awesome! You can do so much with it like make pancakes coffee cakes buscuits anything is possible. Love this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
I've been trying to find this recipe since I was a girl and was given a starter by a friend! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2003
Great for home made bread you can just put it in the freg. and make bread when needed. Also it makes a great looking bread. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/11/2005
The starter smells wonderful but when it came to making the bread it came out quite bland. Made the apartment building smell like a brewery but is a nice smell. Not sure if I did something wrong with the starter or if I just need to add some fresh sugar to the bread recipe. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
So far my starter is doing well.Now going on day 8. I'm in no rush. Nice texture.Full of bubbles and the smell is very aromatic. I leave mine out on the counter,so I feed mine every day. Waiting for my 11-in. Round La Cloche Brick Oven by Sassafras to come in. Then I'll make my first loaf of San Fransico Sourdough Bread ( a secret recipe from my dad while in the navy (WWII),while in San Diego. Will do a series on it. Story and pics. Read More
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