I haven’t made these in years, mainly because The Hubs made fun of them by calling them ‘hockey pucks’. I refer to them as ‘hard tack’ for no other reason that they are *supposed* to get hard. When my mother-in-law first taught me to make these she told me that she used to make them ‘in the old days’ for ‘the men’ to put in their saddlebags to carry on their cattle round-ups and drives. They lasted for days and were perfect with morning coffee, negating the need to ‘cook’ breakfast on a campfire.
Give them a try! They are great with coffee, hot chocolate,or tea. Just sweet enough without being too sweet; great for ‘dunking’ especially after they reach their intended ‘hardness’.
What you need:
1 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 tspn. Vanilla
1/2 tspn. Nutmeg
1 cup Buttermilk
1-1/2 tspn. Baking Soda
8 to 10 cups plain/all purpose flour
Next, add the eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg and stir until well combined
Combine buttermilk and baking soda then add to mixing bowl. Start mixing in flour, a little at a time to make a soft dough. (8 to 8-1/2 cups usually)
Dump dough onto floured surface and roll to desired thickness.
Either cut into strips lengthwise then across for desired size or, as I’ve done below, use a biscuit cutter. (One with fluted sides would be pretty)
Place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. When done remove from sheet and allow to cool on wire rack.