DAY, 1: Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and let stand a few minutes until yeast is active and swelling. Combine remaining sugar, flour and milk in a 4 t0 6 quart glass, plastic or pottery bowl or container. (Do not use metal bowls or utensils as these may retard starter growth. )With a wooden spoon, stir in active yeast mixture. Cover loosely with a towel so Herman can breathe. Let stand in a warm draft free place overnight.
DAYS, 2, 3, and 4:Stir daily with a wooden spoon. Keep covered. Keep cool.
DAY, 5: Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup flour. Let stand 24 hours.
DAYS, 6, 7, 8, and 9:Stir daily with a wooden spoon.
DAY, 10: Repeat DAY 5, stirring in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup flour.
THIS gives you enough starter to use freely in recipes and/or give away. Herman may be replenished as needed but can go no more than 5 days at room temperature between feedings. After feeding, wait 24 hours before using the renewed starter.
DAILY stirring helps keep yeast mold from forming.
Most directions specify that Herman not be refrigerated since cooler temperatures slow the growth and "souring" of the starter. It is, however, a safer course for busy cooks with fast growing startersHerman also is freezer-friendly and may be kept on ice between baking impulses if you get board.
NOTE: If desired, substitute butter-milk for milk in starter for more flavor and less fat. If more starter is needed, additions may be doubled when 2 or more cups of starter are used. . . . .
AN ASIDE::: Marilyn Marter is a food columnist for the Philly. Inquirer. Her speciality is finding recipes for people who have lost them, or had heard of them from someone else. These are tried and true recipes from people who use them all the time. . . I say this, because I do not want anyone to think this starter is a flight of fancy on my part or anyone else. . Being ignorant of these matters I have copied this recipe verbatim. . . Please enjoy, as soon as I get my Bread machine I will join you all in trying this. . . . Irwin E.