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

Faster Baking

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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18 Comments
  • Thomas Jensen on Facebook
    Posted at 24 October 2012 Reply

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

  • John Ahern on Facebook
    Posted at 05 July 2013 Reply

    Kewl Change….Great tip

  • Graham MacCannell on Facebook
    Posted at 06 July 2013 Reply

    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 !)

  • David Holbourn
    Posted at 07 February 2014 Reply

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

  • Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
    Posted at 05 May 2015 Reply

    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 🙂

  • Marge Cunningham
    Posted at 05 May 2015 Reply

    Excellent idea. Also easier to store leftovers

  • Vala
    Posted at 05 May 2015 Reply

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

  • Lynne Shapiro
    Posted at 06 May 2015 Reply

    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!!

  • Sailing Tiny Nical
    Posted at 26 June 2016 Reply

    Simple and efficient tip – thanks

  • Jan Bogart
    Posted at 26 June 2016 Reply

    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!

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 26 June 2016 Reply

      If you have a microwave and shore power, that’s definitely an option! No microwave for us and we rarely have shorepower 🙂

  • Frances Liz Fernandez
    Posted at 26 June 2016 Reply

    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

  • Brian Martin
    Posted at 18 October 2017 Reply

    Fani Haldoupis Budd as you set out on your big sail, I am going to take a 20-30 minute hot shower while I bake things in the oven just for the heck of it…. tee hee hee sorry couldn’t resist.

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