Ballast Blueberry Muffins

DSCN8761 1024x768 Ballast Blueberry MuffinsSpeeding our way to Annapolis through grey days full of rain, mist, countercurrents, and a headwind was anything but warm.  And what do you do on unheated boat when it’s cold?  Bake.  
I found a container of blueberries that had fallen through the cracks so to speak.  By through the cracks I mean somehow it had fallen down into the depths of the back of our refrigerator/freezer.  The place you can only get to by lying on the counter and leaning halfway into the refrigerator/freezer balancing and hoping you don’t fall in.
Somehow the berries had been kept just on the edge of freezing and the low temperatures had extended their life for almost 6-weeks.  I recovered the berries from the frozen part of the refrigerator/freezer plump, juicy, and beautiful as the day they were plucked.  Still, they needed to be used.  What better an end then blueberry muffins?
Muffins and really all quick breads are great for sailing.  They take almost no preparation time.  I really recommend having a muffin tin aboard because muffins take significantly less baking time (and thus propane) than tea cakes.  Another reason that muffins are better sailing food than tea cake is that each one is a single serving and you do not have to bother with cutting off a slice.  Just grab and go.  The 6 muffins I made (we only have a small muffin tin) were devoured in less than an hour.  The blueberry teacake lasted 3-days before I cut it into slices and made French toast out of it.
And unlike banana bread, blueberry muffins are best hot and fluffy right out of the oven.  Tasty, tender, and scrumptious you’ll want to eat so many you’ll make a good ballast for your boat.
   Ballast Blueberry Muffins
Ballast: Weights to help counter-balance the effect of wind on the masts and give the boat stability.

Ingredients:
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 c   Sugar
  • 1 ½ t Baking powder
  • ½ t Salt
  • ¾ c Vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ c Milk
  • 3 Eggs (or 1 ½ T egg replacer)
  • 1 T Vanilla
  • 1 ½ c Blueberries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350◦ F (175◦ Celsius or medium)
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and mix in vegetable oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla
  • When mixed well add blueberries
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Enjoy!
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