Saloon Pilot Crackers
Saloon pilot crackers - We all grew up eating these crackers from diamond bakery or Hilo Macaroni Factory. For those unable to get these crackers in the store, here is a simple recipe for you to try. Read more about the origin of saloon pilot or hard tack crackers in Honolulu Magazine.
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon butter flavored shortening
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together. Turn onto a floured board and knead for five minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Knead again for a couple minutes and allow dough to rest for another 10 minutes. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use the rim of a cup or container to cut out 3"- 4" circles. Use a fork or skewer to prick the center of the circle a few times. Arrange on 2 baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes rotating baking sheets every 5 minutes. Turn oven off and leave crackers in oven until completely cool. This is what gives the crackers the "hard tack" texture.
Makes 9-12 crackers (depending on size)
Note: My crackers came out tasting pretty close to the saloon pilot crackers that I grew up with. Maybe i rolled them a little on the thin side, but they were pretty good.