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Hardtack  Recipe

Here is an authentic western frontier hardtack recipe, fixed just the way they did in the days of round-ups, cattle drives, and gunslingin. This cowboy recipe is very simple, and made with common ingredients found in the chuckwagons of the old west frontier.

Every cowboy had some in his saddlebags


  • 2 cups stone ground flour
  • 1 cup water

Combine the flour and water. Knead until smooth. Sprinkle some flour on a smooth surface and roll the dough flat until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut biscuits out with a can or a glass making each biscuit about 3-4 inches in diameter. Poke holes into each biscuit with a fork. Place on a floured 

cookie sheet. Cook at moderately high temperature until done, about 35-45 minutes. It should come out hard and dry.