Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sour Dough Friendship Cake

I got this recipe from my parents at the same time as taking a portion of their sour dough starter. The recipe called it "Herman, German Friendship Cake". If you can't find some sour dough starter then don't worry, you can create your own starter from scratch fairly easily.


  • 200g of sour dough mixture
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 160ml sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cooking apples, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g chopped walnuts
  • 2 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 2 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 25g butter, thinly sliced


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together apart from the dark brown sugar and the butter.
  3. Grease a large roasting tin with some butter.
  4. Pour the mixture into the roasting tin.
  5. Sprinkle the brown sugar and thinly sliced butter over the top.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes in the oven. Check that it's cooked all the way through before removing it. To do this just insert a skewer into the center and check it comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool and then slice into squares.
  8. Store in an air tight container before eating. This can also be stored for months in the freezer.
Makes 16 slices.

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