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Boat-Friendly Fresh Bread

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017
By: Carolyn Shearlock, and co-author of The Boat Galley Cookbook

Fresh bread is a wonderful treat, whether with dinner or toasted for breakfast. This English Muffin Bread is the perfect boat-friendly recipe, with no kneading, no need for a lot of counter space, and less than 10 minutes prep time – giving you plenty of time for all the other fun activities on board!

Even better, it only takes an hour and a half from idea to eating...

English Muffin Bread

Total Time: 1 1/2 hours (depends on temperature and rising time, estimated at 45 minutes)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes
Makes 1 loaf


1 cup milk or water
1/2 cup water
2-1/2 teaspoons yeast* (1 packet)
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2-1/2 cups white flour (or up to half whole wheat flour)
cornmeal or oats, optional
*The yeast must be fresh to achieve the big holes typical of English muffins.

  1. If the temperature in the boat is cool, warm the milk and water to 110°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder, and about half the flour. Add the warmed milk and water and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add the remaining flour and stir it in. The dough will seem very wet. Do not knead the dough.
  3. Grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan. Sprinkle a little cornmeal or oats in the bottom of the pan if available.
  4. Transfer the dough to the pan. Cover and place in a warm spot to rise until doubled. Time will vary considerably, but will take about 45 minutes if the temperature is around 70°F.
  5. When the dough is almost fully risen, preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. When the dough is fully risen, bake the loaf for 35 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Let cool for at least a few minutes before cutting. Serve warm or toasted.

NOTES: If you don’t have a 9” x 5” loaf pan, you can bake this in almost any oven-safe pan. I often make a round loaf in a 7” diameter pan from my Magma nesting set.

Author bio: Carolyn Shearlock is the author (with Jan Irons) of The Boat Galley Cookbook with over 800 boat-friendly recipes, available on Amazon. Her website,, has hundreds of galley and provisioning tips, insights, and equipment.

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