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Jack Oakie's Breakfast Muffins

Angie Schneider joined me in exploring the life, career and food of character Jack Oakie.

Jack Oakie had a lengthy career on stage, screen, radio and television that spanned 1923 to 1966. Notable films include Million Dollar Legs (1932) with W.C. Fields, King of Burlesque (1936) opposite Alice Faye and Lover Come Back (1961) starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940).

The new exhibit "Paramount on Parade with Jack Oakie and Friends" opened November 25th at the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

The Recipe

The recipe is from the 1931 book "Favorite Recipes of the Movie Stars".


2 tablespoons sugar

4 level tablespoons butter

1 cup milk

2 eggs

2 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

Few grains salt


Cream butter and sugar, mix with milk and well beaten egg yolks. Add flour sifted with baking powder and salt and last of all the stiffly beaten egg whites. Fill buttered muffin tins 2/3 full of the mixture and bake in a fairly quick oven until nicely browned. For a change, spread lightly 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 2 teaspoons sugar over the top of the muffins just before baking. Prepare before breakfast and serve piping hot.

Special Guest

Angie Schneider is a board member of the Hollywood Heritage Museum and collects movie memorabilia. She blogs at “Tinsel and Stars" and is currently writing a cookbook on the recipes of Pickfair.


Here are some links where you can visit the four classic movie star estates we mentioned on this episode.

Oakridge Estates - Home to Barbara Stanwyck and later Jack Oakie

The Marion Davies Guest House - Now run by the Annenberg Foundation

The Joel McCrea Ranch - Home to Joel McCrea and Frances Dee

The Will Rogers House - Now run by the State of California

Final Result

These were bland, but I think they could be dramatically improved if you added fresh berries to the muffin mix.

There are plenty of Jack Oakie films on DVD and Turner Classic Movies!

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Thank you for watching and stay tuned for more food, fun and film history.


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