n my travels across our fair kingdom, on both court and personal business, I have visited every duchy and sampled the great variety of foods that exist within our realm. In this series, I will show you how to create some of Nirath’s best dishes found in homes, taverns, and feasts across the kingdom.
In this part, I will show you how to prepare and serve Hardtack
About This Dish:
Whether you call it hardtack, ship’s biscuit, legion’s loaf, sheet iron, molar breaker, or any of the other many colourful names that have graced it over the centuries the importance of hardtack to the soldier, merchant and adventurer cannot be underestimated. Easy to make and safe to eat for upwards of a century if kept dry hardtack has been used to feed Nirath’s Legions ever since Dragor I was awarded the mandate of heaven.
You will require (measurements for ingredients are given in Imperial (UK) measurements (please note these are different from US customary measurements)):
4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Salt
1 1/34 cup Water
Mix the ingredients in a bowl adding the water until mixture forms a paste-like dough.
Flour and salt a baking sheet.
Spread dough mix to an even layer about a quarter of an inch thick
Cut the mix into 2×2 inch squares and dust with flour
Bake at 350F for an hour
Turn oven down to 200F and heat for at least 4hrs until no moisture remains.
Any grain flour can be used. Some armies use flax mill flour to provide a source of protein to soldiers with their daily tack ration though most prefer to also issue a meat ration.
Hardtack is served in several ways. Most people mix it with a stew or other form of liquid in order to soften up the biscuits. When milk is available it is possible to crumble the tack into the milk with some cinnamon and sugar to make a form of desert.