Friday, June 25, 2010

Sugared Cinema: The Breakfast Club

Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong...but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.  You see us as you want to see the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.  But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...and an athlete...and a basket case...a princess...and a criminal...

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club

The plot was so brilliantly simple:  five students report to their high school for a day of detention.  It's a premise only John Hughes could bring to life.  Rest in peace, Mr. Hughes.

The Breakfast Club was so far from your typical coming-of-age film and has maintained its cult following since its release in 1985.  While the cast went on to star in other great (and some not so great...remember Men at Work?) films, The Breakfast Club was, in my opinion, the movie that defined them.

Sorry to get all Ebert on you there.  But 80's teen dramas are serious business.

A few years after the movie came out, "Bender" (Judd Nelson) was in DC for some big event on Capitol Hill (advocating school disciplinary programs?  I'm not entirely sure) and my sister, Manda, got to meet him and get his autograph.  Considering the fact that her only other brush with celebrity-hood was when she met a young Joey Lawrence at the White House Easter Egg Roll, this was a pretty big deal.

Today's recipe is a popular breakfast treat that, much like the five detentionees, will not conform to the pressures and expectations of griddles, pans and menu platters named after plays in baseball.

Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins

Recipe by the mighty Bakerella
Makes 12 muffins or 24 mini muffins
Here's what you'll need:

 1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, extra for the tops
The original recipe calls for milk chocolate chips but I used dark chocolate chunks because the squared edges seem to latch onto the batter more efficiently.

Or because they were all I had in the pantry.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease up a muffin or mini-muffin pan.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter. 

 Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and mix it up.

  Fold in the chocolate chips/chunks/bits.

Divide the batter between the muffins cups.  Sprinkle a few chips on top of each one.

Slide the pan into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Let them sit for a few minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Wake up, sleepyhead.

You can eat them plain, slather on a little butter or drizzle them with maple syrup.

Man, these really do taste like pancakes!

When you're running late in the morning, scrambling to find your keys and filling up your insulated travel mug...

don't you...

...forget about these.


  1. Haha! My favorite John Hughes movie! I love it!
    Those pancake muffins looks really yummy. I may have to try them sometime.

  2. This movie was on the other day, maybe yesterday, not sure but, as usual, I watched it and shed a little tear because what a damn good movie.

    Now, as far as those pancake chocolate chip muffins, mmmmmmmmm....

    RIP Mr. Hughes and Mr. Vernon and I totally saw Men at Work. Golf clap anyone?

    I adore this, Ali!

  3. Classic movie. The fashion and music may change but the story is timeless.

    Pancake muffins? That's brilliantly evil. Must try them immediately.

  4. Mal - you can make them for Kylar when she's of pancake-age!

    Margie - I forgot that Mr. Vernon passed away, too :( I'll tip my thermos of soup in his memory.

    Wendi - indeed, such a timeless story. Pretty great soundtrack, too. I've definitely tried to mimic Claire's moves during the dance scene.

  5. Okay, how many times have I watched this movie with you girls. Loved it every time, like Pretty Woman. I have to make these pancake muffins for the grandbabies! Love you chickadee!

  6. Breakfast Club is my favorite of the Molly Ringwald trilogy. And my overall favorite 80's movie.

    These muffins look delicious!!

  7. Mom - Kate and the boys would love these. Maybe we can make them next week? xoxox

    Hyun - if we're talking Molly Ringwald movies, it's a tough call between this and Pretty in Pink. That was a great movie, too (I'm biased, though, because I had a huge crush on "Blaine".)

  8. Yummy, Ali!! The Breakfast Club--my all-time favorite John Hughes movie. And so many memorable quotes..."Did your mom marry Mr.Rodgers?"..."No, Mr. Johnson.". So funny! The boys are going to love these muffins. I'm thinking I could also let them see the movie but I'd have to keep it on mute the whole time. Love you #4!

  9. *giggle* those looks so super good

  10. Awww Ali, you mentioned me in your blog! <3 This was a great read & we laughed so hard at the end- "Don't you... forget about these." LOL! I even did the air punch at the end like the pic haha! We def plan on giving these delicious breakfast treats a try. ;) Love you! xoxo

  11. I thought Pretty In Pink was a great movie!

    Pics are lookin dope, Ali!

  12. Seesters - I'm picturing Mariko doing the punch-walk dance that Emilio Estevez does. And Manda, how did I know you'd re-enact the punch finale?

    Bryan - thanks! BB's a good guy.

  13. Pancake muffins are the perfect accompaniment to a java mocha capuccino chai latte tea!

  14. I'm more of a soy-espressocino-no-whip-no-cup type of gal.

  15. Dessert for breakfast?? Yes please! These look awesome. Love that drizzle of maple syrup!

  16. tremendous muffins in honor of a tremendous movie. i love that last shot of judd nelson--it's one of the things i always associate with the flick. :)

  17. Ms. Meanie - that's what I love about muffins and cupcakes. Their names are pretty interchangeable so I can eat a chocolate chip "muffin" for breakfast and not feel guilty about it, lol.

    Grace - such a great final shot! I read that one of Hughes's trademarks was using a freeze-frame as the final shot for many of his movies...I never realized it until now.

  18. great post, I love this movie and awatch it every time the have a 80s round up, great muffins, they look totally amazing and the last shot of judd...nice


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  20. these look AMAZING. must try 'em out. and as a film student-turned-baker i love the idea of sugared cinema :]