The Modern Day Friendship Cake that is not a cake….
Who remembers the friendship cake?
My recollection is from university days when my aunt Bibi first gave me a ‘starter kit’ with the live and fermenting cake mix base, that I kept in my room, feeding regularly with……was it flour, sugar and milk……, made lovely moist cakes with in my electric frying pan (I didn’t have an oven in those days) and shared with friends. And they then made their own versions of cakes from the live yeast portion I gave them, adding flavourings in competition for who could make the best cake.
And, do you remember the instructions on the live ‘friendship’ portion?
“Don’t put me in the fridge because I will die!”
He was also known as Herman to some…. here is a link for those who have not met him.
Nowadays, when we are avoiding sugar and white flour, what better self-sustaining gift can you give your friends, than a live and edible sample of your own live Kefir culture?
Not only is it a lovely sharing idea, but it is also in direct support of their healthy living: Full of good bacteria and yeasts that multiply and will happily produce a gut-soothing and health-promoting yoghurt-like drink. A delicious base for a smoothie or a nutritionally superior alternative to bought yoghurt or probiotic supplements, and, if you make it yourself, it is fresh every day of the week. That is; assuming you (or they) do not kill it by putting it in the fridge for too long or heating it. Mine even recently survived happily on a trip in the car with us to Germany, Belgium and back to the UK!
If you want some of mine, please ask. If you want to start your own, there are plenty of on-line suppliers of the Kefir grains with easy instructions of how to get going. And within a week or two you will have sufficient healthy ‘grains’ to pass on a friendship batch to your friends.
A big THANK YOU to Sarah and Bill for giving me some of their kefir cultures and thereby launching this idea!