Hardtack (C.200BC, Italy)


The recipe for the military biscuit Hardtack has changed little since it was the fuel of the Roman legions. Armies have hated Hardtack for at least over two thousand years and now it’s our turn…

Ingredients: (Makes 9/10 biscuits)

175g of flour
5g of butter
35-40ml of water
Dash of salt 

  1. Put 175g of flour in a bowl and sprinkle a dash of salt on top. Then add 5g of butter and mix. Pour in about 35-40ml of water and whisk.
  2. Be warned, it’s quite sticky so you might want to use an electric whisker, which still makes a right mess.
  3. Bring it all together and roll until the dough is about half an inch thick and cut out some round biscuits.
  4. Put them in the oven at about 120 degrees and cook for something like three hours. After that, leave it overnight in the oven to harden.

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