Hard Tack Recipe

Ingredients & Steps
2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon salt (optional)
1/2 to 3/4 cup water

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Combine flour with salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Add water and mix with hands until the dough comes together.
  • Roll out on a table to about 1/3 inch thickness.
  • Use a knife to cut 3×3 squares from the dough.
  • Place on baking sheet, and use a dowel (see note above) to make 16 evenly-spaced holes in each square.
  • Bake for at least four hours, turning over once half-way through baking.
  • Cool on a rack in a dry room.

(http://www.americantable.org/2013/06/civil-war-recipe-hardtack-1861/)