Here is Herman Loaf Tin today:
I was actually really disappointed with Herman Loaf Tin. He scalded on the bottom and all around his sides. I think that maybe it happened because he was on the bottom oven shelf, being right over the flame (we have a gas oven) and for such a long period of time. Most of the cakes i bake don’t take as long to cook as Herman did.
Anyway my two Lamington Tin Hermans seem okay so they are up for comparison!
First up Herman without the optional brown sugar and melted butter:
My Verdict: Pretty much a dense, almost wholemeal tasting apple and cinnamon tea cake with raisins. Quite sweet. I couldn’t really taste the sourdough at all! Tasty though and great with a cup of tea (or some cream or ice cream)
And now for Herman with the optional brown sugar and melted butter:
My Verdict: Oh wow. The brown sugar and melted butter really add another dimension. YUM. It really brings all the flavours together and even though there is more sugar, the melted butter cuts through it and it isn’t as sickly sweet. It’s quite decadent however not extremely rich. You could probably polish off a whole cake quite easily!
So the winner is…definitely Herman with the optional brown sugar and melted butter. I think the answer was pretty obvious though. Melted butter makes everything more amazing. It was interesting to see how it made quite a difference though. The brown sugar and melted butter should be compulsory, not optional!
I have to say that even though Herman is quite tasty, i am disappointed that i couldn’t taste even a hint of sourdough. I suppose the point of the sourdough for this cake is really the fact that it is a “friendship cake” that you can pass around, rather than for the taste of sourdough. It has the wheels in my head turning…that maybe when i experiment with a grain free Herman, i might also experiment with cake recipe so the sourdough is a little more prominent…hmmm.
Anyway THANK YOU to everyone who shared this journey with me! I’m so glad you tagged along for it and were able to experience it together day by day. It was really great to see how people became quite attached to “Hermy” like i did. I admit i felt sad when i poured all those ingredients on top of him. And now I’m staring at the board where the two pieces of cake i just tried were sitting and all that is left are crumbs…Herman crumbs… *sob*
Here he is again on Day 1:
And here is on Day 9:
What a difference!
Here endeth my Herman journey. Thanks again and stay tuned for Herman Goes Grain Free!
Also if you have any questions, please ask away 🙂
#NOTE: I apologise for the quality of some of the pictures taken for my Herman journey. I’ve had to take most of the pictures when it’s been dark as I’ve been at work all day and it’s now getting dark at 5:30PM-6PM here.