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Juice, scones and canned peaches for Amanda's 15th birthday
Breakfast in the cockpit - Juice, scones and
canned peaches for Amanda's 15th birthday

Breakfast onboard Ocelot is usually a very informal, do-what-you-want sort of meal, though once or twice a week we usually do something different. Our standard breakfast is granola, either homemade or, when its cheaper than the equivalent amount of rolled oats (such as in French Polynesia), store-bought. Other favorites of ours are cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and French toast. We usually only make French toast when we're in populated areas where we buy bread often, as it works best with a day-old baguette. Whenever we have it, we also add some sort of fruit - usually papaya or pineapple - to round out the meal. On special occasions we make scones, either with chocolate chips or dried cranberries added.  Here are the recipes included below:

Kringele Cinnamon Rolls
Pancake Mix Chocolate Chip Scones
Berry Muffins Cruising Granola


This Norwegian breakfast treat is reminiscent of the kringeles we had in Seattle for special occasions. And it's pretty quick to make, too.

Melt and remove from heat:

Yummy Kringele, great for festive breakfasts
Yummy Kringele, great for festive breakfasts

Slowly add and beat with a wooden spoon

Spread on a cookie sheet, ungreased.  Bake at 425 degree F for 20 to 25 minutes until no longer shiny.

When cool, frost with

Sprinkle with sliced almonds.  YUM!!

(If you want to double the recipe, use two cookie sheets.)

Ocelot's Pancake Mix

While in Neiafu, Tonga, Amanda learned that the owner of the local Internet Cafe was craving some real, American-style fat, fluffy pancakes, but he couldn't find dry mix anywhere. AND he was willing to trade Internet time. Well never fear, here comes Amanda to the rescue! The recipe makes 8 cups of mix, or enough for about 40 fluffy pancakes, and can be stored dry and used little by little.

Mix together:

To reconstitute 2 cups of dry mix, add:

2 cups of dry mix, reconstituted, makes about 10 5-inch pancakes.

Berry Muffins

Amanda found this recipe in our recipe box one morning, when she was feeling like making something new and interesting. The muffins are delightfully moist, and the crumble topping is exquisite... probably fattening, too. We use dried berries (Berries & Cherries, Craisins), but the recipe actually calls for fresh (or frozen) blueberries. We seem to have a lack of blueberries in the South Pacific, so we have to make do. The single recipe usually gives the four of us two each for breakfast, with another muffin each for later in the day.


Combine in a bowl:

Add, stirring just until dry ingredients are wet:

Fold in:

Fill lined cupcake (muffin) tins full. Makes 1 dozen.


Combine in a small bowl:

Sprinkle evenly over the top of each uncooked muffin.

Bake muffins 20-25 minutes.

Ocelot's Cinnamon Rolls

This is a favorite for special mornings, either with friends aboard, birthdays, or landfall breakfasts. Recently, we've been playing with the possibility of adding chocolate - once the rolls are out of the oven, simply place several chocolate chips on each. Yummy, but occasionally a bit too rich.

Dough: Use 1/4 of the freezer bread recipe on the Bread page. Roll it out to about the size of a cookie tray. (About 1/4 inch thick.)

Hot, sweet, buttery, and spicy: homemade cinnamon rolls on Ocelot
Homemade cinnamon rolls on Ocelot:
Hot, sweet, buttery, and spicy

Soften almost to melting point, but still spreadable:

Spread butter over dough, making sure to get out to the edges. Mix in a small bowl, and spread over dough:

Roll dough width-wise, to make a long roll. Cut with a knife into 6-8 even pieces. Cook spiral-up in 6x9 inch pan for 20 minutes or until bread starts to turn golden on top.


Sprinkle the mixture over warm cinnamon rolls, allowing to seep between them and into them. The more goop in the bottom of the pan, the better!

Chocolate Chip Scones

This recipe comes from my friend, Clare, who often serves these at our writing critique group meetings. Given my fridge space, I've had to modify the method of chilling and baking but they're still yummy! The original recipes calls for unsalted butter which I can't always get, but salted works.

Chocolate chip scones for a birthday breakfast
Chocolate chip scones
for a birthday breakfast

Cream together

Add and beat in

Stir in

Blend in

Form into a ball and press into a glass pie pan. Cut 8 pie-shaped slices, pushing the edges apart slightly to allow them to get crispy when baking. Chill for 30 minutes.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden at 350F.

Cruising Granola

This is a version of the granola recipe given to me by Maryann Quayle, (I use less condensed milk than her recipe calls for) and I'm sure it will change again as we find (or don't find) certain ingredients. Some recipes call for an hour of baking at 300, but I prefer the hot oven approach, with frequent stirrings, so as to not heat the boat for so long.

Crispy, crunchy granola with fresh fruit. Yum!
Crispy, crunchy granola with fresh fruit. Yum!

Mix in a large bowl:

Spread on a cookie sheet or 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes. Stir. Return to oven and bake another 5 minutes, stir, repeat two more times or until lightly golden brown. Don't let it burn! Cool in pan, and store in an air-tight container.

(Now picture this: To serve, we top with slices of a fresh island banana, maybe a grated apple if we can find one in the store, then spoon on instant full cream milk powder by Nestle, called Nido, then add fridge-chilled water. It takes a bit of stirring to mix the milk powder and water into the cereal, kind of backpacking-like, but boy is it yummy!)

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