15 Dozen Cookies in the Galley
So I thought it would be a great idea this holiday season to bake cookies to give to family and friends. The only problem was I couldn’t pin down one flavor to bake, so I decided to make not one or two flavors, but five. Little did I realize just how many cookies that would be. So let’s see, that’s 5 different batches of cookies, 3 dozen cookies in each batch, which equals 15 batches, for a grand total of 180 cookies baked right in Banjo’s cozy galley folks! That sounds like one of those crazy math word problems in elementary school. 😛 I’m pretty sure I’ve never baked that many cookies in a standard sized house oven, much less a sailboat galley oven, but I was up for the challenge!
To our dear friends at BPM: I owe you some cookies. The plan was to bake more upon our return from visiting family. However, as most of you are aware, we returned sickly. Please accept my IOU. Love you all!
The Cookie Roundup
The cookie roundup consists of Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Butterscotch, Chocolate Chip Heath Bar, Gingerbread Molasses, and Cranberry Orange Shortbread. The Captain and I enjoyed the Chocolate Chip Butterscotch the best. However, a close second for me was the Gingerbread Molasses. They were both delicious though! Our least favorite cookie was the Cranberry Orange Shortbread. I was actually the most excited about these, and they took the most effort to make. In our opinion though, they were just okay. Four out of five isn’t bad at all though, so I’m not going to complain one bit. The cookie choices were a win in my book.
The process was rather simple, and pretty efficient given the relatively small work space compared to a normal sized house kitchen. I am all about efficiency whenever possible, so I made the dough for each flavor the day before I started baking, and stored them in plastic bags in the refrigerator. When I was ready to start baking I simply took the dough out of the refrigerator for about twenty minutes to knock some of the chill off, then baked them as directed. Easy peasy!
Our little Force 10 propane stove/oven is a workhorse! It baked every last one of those 180 cookies to near perfection. The only real snafu is the oven doesn’t really keep a steady temperature, so I just have to remember to watch the thermometer inside the oven and adjust the temperature as necessary. Not a huge deal. I’ll take it. Some boat galleys have a very small oven that is more like a toaster oven. Ours can actually accommodate a 9 x 13 pan! Score!
So sailors, I’m here to tell you it IS possible to bake 15 dozen cookies in a sailboat galley, and still be somewhat sane afterwards. 😀 Stay tuned for the recipes in upcoming posts!
For more delicious, quick and easy boat recipes, check out our What’s Cooking posts.