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Pilot Crackers
    #3682235 - 01/26/05 10:10 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Pilot Crackers

A long-lasting bread that handles the rigors of backpacking.

Pilot bread goes by a variety of names--pilot biscuits, pilot crackers, ship bread, hardtack, hardbread--but all refer to a dense, unleavened bread that lasts a long while without spoiling and can handle the rigors of backpacking. Considered the first "cracker," most pilot breads are thin wafers but some are thicker, like biscuits. Either way, they taste decent plain, but are better with a swipe of peanut butter, honey, or other spread. Look for pilot bread in the cracker aisle of your local grocery store. If you can't find them there, you'll have to mail order them.



Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups milk
4 Cups flour
4 Tablespoons butter
3 Teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
Serves: 12

It was hard and it was hardy. Union soldiers supposedly marched toward the South in 1861 with hardtack leftover from the War of 1812. These crackers, wrote one Civil War correspondent, were "hard as bricks and indestructibly unappetizing." The newer version is surprisingly good, but still hard as a brick.

At Home: Mix the ingredients into a dough and roll out to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Cut into squares. Prick the squares with a fork or knife. Place them on a lightly greased baking pan and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Yield: 24 2 x 2-inch bars.

Calories: 101
Carbohydrates: 15.9
Cholesterol: 2.8
Dietary Fiber : .5
Fiber: .6
Protein: 2.5
Saturated Fat: 1.2
Sodium: 141
Total Fat: 2.8


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Re: Pilot Crackers [Re: sucklesworth]
    #3682396 - 01/26/05 11:29 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I don't like those.

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Re: Pilot Crackers [Re: Stein]
    #3682652 - 01/26/05 12:50 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

neither do i

but i've sure been happy I had some a few times


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Re: Pilot Crackers [Re: sucklesworth]
    #3698189 - 01/29/05 01:59 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

water and flour is true hardtack..

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