Sunday, October 27, 2002

Crackers

HELP HARRIET LEARN TO COOK

Harriet's grandmother, Molly Horniblow, was a baker. Income from her cooking skills provided comfort, shelter, and freedom for her family. On page eight of LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRL, Molly teaches Harriet how to bake crackers. Try this similar recipe. As you serve the crackers, give two examples from the book that show how Molly used her baking skills to help her family.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk

1. Sift together flour, sugar, and salt.
2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture looks mealy.
3. Stir in enough milk to make a stiff dough.
4. Roll about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut with a large round cooky cutter.
5. Prick surface in many places with fork tines and brush lightly with milk.
6. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a 425~ oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until light gold in color. Makes several dozen.

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