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German Friendship Cake - pass it on

From: theyounghegelians
Category: Other stuff
Date: 30 August 2003


German Friendship Cake A 10-Day Sourdough Cake

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This is known as the friendship cake -- it's a bit like a chain letter in that you have to find a set of friends to pass on the starter to.

During preparation put the starter into a very large bowl (it foams up), and cover with a lid or withcling film.

Starter and one cake 1 cup (200 ml) cake starter

STARTER FOOD 1 cup (250 ml) normal milk

1 cup (200 g) self-raising flour

1 cup (190 g) sugar

CAKE 2 cups (200 g) self-raising flour

1 cup (190 g) sugar

2/3 cup (170 ml) oil

2 tsp cinnamon and vanilla 10 ml

2 eggs

1/2 cup (75 g) raisins

1/2 cup (60 g) nuts (or other fruits)

15oz (450 g) pineapple chunks, drained (one can)

(STARTER) Day 1 Blend the "starter feed" together, and then hand mix in the starter. I find it easiest to mix the flour and sugar together dry, add the milk to the starter, and then slowly add the flour and sugar to the liquid. The starter should never be beaten with a blender or refrigerated. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, cover with cling-film or a damp towel, and leave to brew. Day 2 Thoroughly mix the sourdough, then leave to brew again. Day 5 As day 1 Day 6 As day 2 Day 10 Print off three copies of this recipe. Here now is why this is called a friendship cake. Take 3 cups of Sourdough mixture, and give them away with copies of the recipe as starters to your friends. Then proceed with the baking. (MAKING THE CAKE) 1 Blend all ingredients thoroughly with remaining starter. 2 Pre-heat oven to 350F or 175C (English gas mark 4) 3 Pour mixture into a well-greased baking tin. 4 Bake for 1 3/4 hours (less in a fan oven), cool. If you don't get cake starter from a friend, you can probably buy it in a baking supply store.

Vary the spices to taste. The cake is quite pleasant if you forget them.

RATING Difficulty: easy. Time: 10 days brewing starter, 30 minutes preparing cake, 2 hours baking and cooling. Precision: measure the ingredients.

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