We decided to make Ship’s Biscuits this week because we are studying the colonial times in class. On the Mayflower, hard tack biscuits were one of the big main things to eat during long sea voyages. Unlike the settlers, we had honey to make the biscuits sweet. We netted $52 on today’s sale. That’s a big profit because the ingredients were so cheap. We only had to spend $5 on butter and honey.
The employees of the Happy Eating Place are learning about life in the early English Colonies. Those early settlers had a challenging time surviving in the New World. They brought supplies along with them from England, including flour. One of their staples were biscuits. When food supplies ran low, they made Ship’s Biscuits using flour, salt and water. If there was any lard or shortening available, they’d add that to the dough. These biscuits, also known as Hardtack, were hard and could last a long time without the need for preservatives–perfect for long sea voyages. The Happy Eating Place has developed a yummy version of Ship’s Biscuits (using butter rather than lard) and they will be served with honey for this week’s bake sale.
Ship’s Biscuits, $1 each
Friday 3/7 at 10 am
Elementary School yard