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Learning with Little House:
Soda Crackers

In a couple of the different books in the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, soda crackers are mentioned. Below is one of the easier recipes I've run across for making old-fashioned soda crackers.

SODA CRACKERS ("like Grandma used to make")

Ingredients: 4 C. flour
1 C. butter (or margarine)
3/4 C. milk
1 tsp. Vinegar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt


Work the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or fork. Next, stir the vinegar, baking soda, and salt into the milk, and add this to the butter-flour mixture.

Form the dough into a ball. Roll out very thin. Lightly score the dough in the size of the cracker you desire. (I've come up with an easy way to do this. I roll out the dough directly onto a flat baking sheet. Next, placing a ruler on the dough, I perforate the dough along the side of the ruler with a fork. Sometimes I make squares, sometimes diamonds. I think you could cut out the crackers with cookie cutters for special occasions, but you will have a lot of waste unless you gather up the fragments and re-roll and re-cut them.)

Now bake the crackers at 375F for about 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. The crackers should not get too brown, just a sprinkling of brown on top.

Check out the Learning with Little House Index for more fun ideas for incorporating the Little House on the Prairie series into your learning activities.


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