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Old 05-30-2020, 08:05 AM
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Default Ship's Biscuit (Hardtack)

This is easy to make by hand if you don’t mind spending the time to knead the flour sufficiently. It can even be done through the use of relatively simple hand-made equipment. You can use white flour for a better quality or use wholemeal for a common type.


1lb (454 grams) (5 cups) plain (all-purpose) white or wholemeal flour.

1 teaspoon salt (not necessary for long term storage).

Approximately ¾ pint (15ml) (1 ½ cups) water.

Instructions: Place the flour and salt into a large bowl, add the water, a little at a time, and mix until you can pull the whole together into a ball of dough. Sprinkle a little flour on a level work surface, turn the dough out and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Flour your hands and knead the dough for as long as it takes to make it smooth and silky (about 30 minutes).

Heat an oven to 160oC/325oF. Roll the dough out until it is approximately ¼ inch (6mm) thick. Cut it into 3-inch (7.5cm) squares or rounds, prick the surface with a fork. Lay the biscuits out on a lightly greased baking sheet, not quite touching, and bake for about 60 minutes. They should not be too dark. Place them on a wire tray to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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