I wanted to try something a little different with this blog, so I’m going to start making videos! In this one, I mix up a batch of Civil War hardtack and give it a try. Check out the video here.
The recipe was pretty damn simple (even though I messed it up once, as you’ll see…) Just mix a cup of water with 2 cups of flour, flatten it with a rolling pin, cut it into squares, poke some holes, then bake it at 375 for 30 minutes on each side. There you go!
One main warning – be VERY careful to avoid cracking your teeth when eating this. It’s definitely a risk!
The recipe I used: http://www.americantable.org/2013/06/civil-war-recipe-hardtack-1861/
John D. Billings, Hardtack and Coffee (1887), ch. 7 for description of hardtack: https://archive.org/details/hardtackcoffee00bill/page/112