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Soda Crackers Recipe

The Ingalls family left their railroad shanty behind and moved to the surveyors' house just in time for winter. Ma celebrated with canned peaches and soda crackers! Make your own soda crackers as you read By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder with this recipe.

The flavor and texture of the soda crackers surprised me. They were soft and full of flavor. My oldest daughter and I found them irresistible. We couldn't stop snacking! I tested the soda cracker recipe for my book, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion, but we'll definitely make these again.

Soda Cracker Recipe

Note: Be prepared to chill the soda cracker dough overnight in the refrigerator.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant or bread yeast
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup warm water
1 tablespoon shortening
salt (sea salt or pretzel salt work best)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
What to do:
1. Stir ½ cup flour (not all of it), yeast, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir well. Mix in the warm (not hot) water and shortening until combined.
2. Now mix in ¼ cup flour to make a drier dough you can knead.
3. Lightly flour a work surface. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes.
4. Oil the inside of a medium or large bowl. Place the dough ball in the bowl and then flip the dough over so all sides of the dough ball are coated with oil. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
5. Remove the soda cracker dough from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 425° F. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
6. Deflate the dough by gently punching it once. Then place it on a floured work surface. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
7. On the floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a very thin rectangle. It should be about 1/16” thin.
8. Fold the dough like you are folding a piece of paper to put it in the envelope. Take one end and fold about 2/3 of the way across. Then take the other end and place it on top of the other end, creating three layers of dough. 
9. Pick up the dough and add another dusting of flour below it. Roll the dough out again, making sure it is 1/16” thick. If it doesn’t want to roll and stretch, let it rest for 5 minutes. You want this to be as thin as possible.
10. Transfer the dough to the prepared cookie sheet.
11. Use a fork to create lots of pinpricks all over the dough.
12. Cut the dough into squares. A pizza cutter or sharp knife will work well.
13. Separate the dough squares slightly. The soda crackers should be close together but not touching.
14. Lightly sprinkle the soda cracker dough with salt.
15. Bake the crackers for 10-15 minutes. They should be lightly browned.
16. After removing the crackers from the oven, brush melted butter on them. When completely cooled, snack on these soda crackers. Store any leftover soda crackers in an airtight container if they're not devoured instantly.
Will you try this recipe? I hope so! Let me know what you think! 

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Annette Whipple is a nonfiction children's author. Learn more about her books and presentations at

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