Faster Baking

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

An easy way to cut baking times in half or more, using less propane and putting less heat into the boat!

Want to substantially shorten baking times?  Use a muffin tin!

One trick for using less propane and putting less heat into the boat is to bake foods in a muffin tin instead of the larger pan that the recipe might call for.

While the obvious candidate for this is to bake quick breads as muffins, there are lots of other foods that can be baked this way:

  • Cakes and brownies
  • Other baked desserts
  • Yeast breads (make them into rolls)
  • Meat loaf
  • Casseroles
  • Baked appetizers
  • Baked beans
  • Dressing (aka “stuffing”)

For cakes, brownies and yeast breads, don’t fill the muffin cups more than 2/3 full as they will rise as they bake.  Other items can be filled fairly full — but not so full that they’ll spill as you’re putting the pans in the oven or if the boat rolls a bit as they’re baking.

I use the same oven temperature as originally called for, unless the depth of the food being baked has changed substantially.  If it’s considerably thinner, I raise the temperature by 25 degrees F. so that the outside will be nicely browned but the inside not too dry.

Baking times are cut in half — or more.  I generally check first at about one-quarter of the original baking time, and go from there.  Usually it ends up somewhere between one-third and one-half the original time.

If you’re watching your weight or trying to eat healthier, an added advantage of using muffin tins is portion control.

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Comments

  1. Thomas Jensen on Facebook says:

    I like the ‘Dressing (aka “stuffing”)’ in your article. That should make everyone happy.

  2. Kewl Change….Great tip

  3. Graham MacCannell on Facebook says:

    I not only love this suggestion but I will also use it !! (I don’t have a boat but I do have to buy fuel !)

  4. I presume it will be ready like a ” bat out of hell” 🙂

  5. Brilliant idea! I’m trying to figure out the Force 10 oven on our new-to-us boat. I made brownies the other day and it was a bit of a disaster. Burned on the edges and undercooked in the center. I’m thinking if I put the batter in muffin tins then they would cook more evenly. Also like you idea of portion control, but when it comes to brownies, there’s no such thing 🙂

  6. Excellent idea. Also easier to store leftovers

  7. Meat Muffins! great idea – looks like it might also help with portion control.

  8. Also a great idea if your stove is out at home or in emergencies, where you can use the bbq & it’s temp gauge to cook!!

  9. Simple and efficient tip – thanks

  10. I avoid the oven if I can. On shore power at a dock, so make all kinds of stuff in the microwave. Lasagana from raw noodles in 20 minutes, brownies, 4 minutes. Hate to heat up the boat. Turkeys and chickens and pizzas go in!

  11. Inspiring. I think I want to try this. While I dont have an oven on our boat I have one in our camper. Much of the same principles apply

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