Recipe Rating:
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Serves: this is a huge recipe
Cooking Method: Griddle


3 c flour of your choice
1 1/2 c wheat flour ( i actually used all wheat flour)
1 c sour cream
1 c buttermilk
1 (slight) c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
dash dash(es) of salt (you decide)
7 c unbleached white & or wheat flour
3 c rye flour
1 qt buttermilk or
1 pt buttermilk plus
1 pt cream
1/2 c shortening (omit if cream is used)
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 c unbleached white flour
1 1/2 c graham flour
1/2 c cornmeal
1/2 c shortening
1 1/2 c milk
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 c wheat flour
2 c unbleached white flour
1/3 c shortening
1 c yougurt (thinned w/water to the consistency of cream)
1/2 c dark corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

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Carol L. Recipe
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Viroqua, WI (pop. 4,362)
Member Since Mar 2011
Carol's notes for this recipe:
I found the recipes for hardtack on Mother Earth. The recipe makes a huge amount; but the bread will last forever if kept dry. It has a great flavor and can be eaten alone as a snack; or makes a great base for any kind of sandwish, which is how I used it when I was dieting and tryin to get my sugar under control. It is stable enough to hold gobs of egg salad, etc. It is great for taking camping also. This recipe is time consuming, so be sure to start it when you will have enough time to finish. If you have a buddy who has an interest in baking, this is a project that two people might enjoy together. I put my hardtack into many food saver bags and sucked out most of the air. It was still good after several months.
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In a very Large bowl, combine all of your wet ingredients. On a piece of waxed paper or a small bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour and the salt and baking powder. Sift together and add this to the wet mixture. Stir well. At this point, I suggest adding any shortening and cornmeal into the mixture. When these items are well mixed, start adding the rest of the flours. Mix in as much as you can stir in; then put some of the flour on a board or counter and knead in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Grease several cookie sheets lightly. Set the oven at 400 degrees.
Take an egg sized piece of the dough and set in center of the sheet. If you have a flour sock, they are helpful. With a rolling pin, roll out as THIN AS POSSIBLE. The thinner you get it, the better your product will be. Roll all the way to the edges of the pan, and cut off any dough that goes beyond. Toss it back into the bowl.
Bake until the border starts browning, then, flip the bread over and bake until it is board stiff. Lift off the sheet and cool on a cooling rack. When completely cool, break into whatever sized pieces you desire. Then put into an airtight container. Hardtack is not the fastest thing you can make, but the work is worth it.

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user Carol L. Gr8Granny27 - May 14, 2011
For any of you who may have seen Lord Of The Rings, the lady from whom I got this recipe says "This is as close to Tolkiens Elfin Waybread".
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - May 14, 2011
I had this at your place last time I stayed with you... it is very good! Thanks for posting and the tips were good too...!! xo
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - May 14, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - May 14, 2011
This is an educational recipe too... very old.... and there may be teachers out there that would like to make this to share with students during history or literature lessons....

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