Filed Under (Recipes) by Debbie on 11-02-2009

No sailboat in the Pacific Northwest would be complete without the recipe for Sailor Jack Muffins.  These are a local favorite and can be found in bakery’s and aboard those lucky sailboats.

Sailor Jack Muffins

Raisin and Spice Mix (can be made the day before)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

4 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1 cup water

1/2 cup raisins

2 tablespoons molasses

In a sauce pan bring to a boil over medium heat then simmer for 5 minutes and let cool.

Muffin Mix

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup oat flour (don’t have oat flour?  Measure out 1/2 cup rolled oats and then run through a blender until it looks like flour.)

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons oil

1 large egg

Whisk all the dry together then add the cooled raisin and spice mix, oil and egg.  Stir to mix.  Don’t over mix or they’ll be tough!

Oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray or grease muffin tin and divide muffin mix into pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes, toothpick in center will come out clean.  Cool in pan about 15 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.


1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons milk

Mix all the ingredients until smooth and then drizzle over the over turned muffins (glazing the bottoms and dripping down the sides.)   No you don’t have to glaze the bottoms, which is traditional for Sailor Jack Muffins.  You can just glaze the tops.

Sailor Jack Muffins are a wonderful treat here in the Pacific Northwest.  With a bit of planning they are easy to make in a galley with an oven.   Nothing’s better than a beautiful sunrise, hot cup of cinnamon coffee and a tasty Sailor Jack Muffin when you’re wrapped in a quilt and sitting in the cockpit of your sailboat.

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