I had some time off this week and decided to try one of my bookmarked projects:  Making hardtack.  Hardtack is a hard biscuit made from flour, water, and salt.  Without any fats, it doesn’t go rancid.  And it’s cooked until it’s thoroughly dried to preserve it’s life further.

making hardtack

I started from scratch, milling wheat berries into fresh flour with my little hand mill. The fresh whole wheat gave my hardtack a strong whole wheat cracker taste. In fact, my made my next batch much thinner to take advantage of them as crackers too. The recipe I used was:

6 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon salt

Mix until combined and roll out to desired thickness. I had to add extra water to get it to mix. One of my batches was just under 1/2 inch thick, the second I tried 1/4 inch thick. Cut out and pierce with fork tines. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes, turning them over halfway though.

making hardtack