Sometimes I would see references to hardtack, but hardtack is hard to find in local stores. I found a few recipes online, tried them, changed them, and came up with mine.
Don't let the name scare you, these aren't that hard (more like hard cookies), they taste pretty good, and they are easy to make for baking novices like me.
- 1+1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1+1/2 teaspoons salt
1. Mix the ingredients into a dough.
2 . Roll out to a thickness of 1/2 inch.
3. Cut into 40 mm x 90 mm bars.(*)
4. Place on a greased cookie sheet, and prick with a fork.
5. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown.
Makes about 15 bars, about 2 oz net weight each.
If you intend to store them for several weeks:
- Minimize contamination - use clean utensils, clean all work surfaces with soap and hot water, wash your hands well, and do not touch the bars at all after baking -- use clean utensils.
- Allow the bars to cool to room temperature before packaging, to minimize trapped moisture.
I normally carry two bars for lunch each day. They go really well with crunchy baked cheese.
- Package the bars with a Seal-A-Meal or similar to exclude as much air as possible. Ziplocs are a poor second choice.
If you need real hardtack that can last for years, you can find many recipes online, including here.
You could also buy Sailor Boy pilot bread, available at Sam's Club, Winco, and Span Alaska Sales.
(*) Yes I know I've mixed Metric and US units. That's how I measured them. Most rulers have both units.