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What to Do with Leftover Muffins - Muffin Pudding Recipe with Irish Cream Sauce

Updated on October 26, 2015
Muffin Pudding with Irish Cream Sauce
Muffin Pudding with Irish Cream Sauce | Source

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Have you ever encountered a muffin dilemma? I surely have. In fact, it just happened a few days ago. I don't normally buy or bake a bunch of muffins at a time, but last week, I received a complimentary box of muffins from a local restaurant due to the fact that they had messed up my order of chicken pot pie quite badly. Of course, I graciously accepted their apology and the sweet offerings, not realizing that there were so many muffins in the box! So five days later, I was still stuck with a few leftover muffins that were stale, hard and really past their prime. My guilty consumer conscience told me not to throw them away, and yet I couldn't force myself to swallow such staleness, either. Then suddenly, the resourceful baker in me just got a light bulb moment: why not turn them into a muffin pudding? So I tried it with only one muffin to see how delectable or inedible it might turn out, and the result was very impressive. The old blueberry muffin was resurrected and transformed into something even more scrumptious than its original self! Better yet, I decided to be a little playful with the topping sauce. Instead of using a typical sauce, such as chocolate or vanilla, I chose something a little more mature and zingy: a Baileys Irish Cream sauce or what I like to call "a chocolate sauce for adults." You can enjoy this muffin pudding as a dessert, breakfast pudding or even afternoon tea snack. Give it a try, and your negative perception of stale leftover muffins would totally change!

Muffin Pudding Recipe with Irish Cream Sauce

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 1 serving


  • 1 blueberry muffin, crumbled
  • 1 tsp butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • cooking spray

****You don't need to use a blueberry muffin like I did. Any type of muffin will work just fine.****

How to Make a Muffin Pudding

Mix together butter, milk, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then add the crumbled muffin and mix together well.
Mix together butter, milk, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then add the crumbled muffin and mix together well. | Source
Put the Pudding Mixture into a Bowl or Cup
Put the Pudding Mixture into a Bowl or Cup | Source
Bake for 40 - 50 minutes
Bake for 40 - 50 minutes | Source


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix together butter, milk, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg with a whisk or fork.
  3. Add the crumbled muffin and mix together well either with a fork or your hands.
  4. Lightly grease the inside of a pudding cup or small oven-safe bowl with cooking spray. Then put your muffin pudding mixture into the bowl.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 - 50 minutes, or until the pudding rises and turns slightly brown on top.
  6. Carefully remove your muffin pudding from the oven. Let it sit for about 3 - 5 minutes, then top with the Baileys Irish Cream sauce (recipe follows) and serve.
After removing the pudding from the oven, let it sit for about 3 - 5 minutes, then top with the Baileys Irish Cream sauce.
After removing the pudding from the oven, let it sit for about 3 - 5 minutes, then top with the Baileys Irish Cream sauce. | Source
Baileys Irish Cream Sauce
Baileys Irish Cream Sauce | Source

Fun Facts about Baileys Irish Cream

Introduced to the world in 1974, this alcoholic drink is a luscious blend of whiskey, cream, chocolate, vanilla and sugar. According to the Baileys website, Baileys Irish Cream is the best-selling spirit brand during Christmas time in the U.S.

How to Make Baileys Irish Cream Sauce


  • 1 tsp butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsps original Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Melt butter or margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together until the sauce slightly thickens (about 3 - 5 minutes).
  • Remove from stove. Use this scrumptious sauce to top your homemade muffin pudding.

Please Rate this Recipe!

3.3 stars from 12 ratings of Muffin Pudding with Irish Cream Sauce

Calories and Nutrition Details of this Muffin Pudding (Including the Irish Cream Sauce)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories 810
Calories from Fat315
% Daily Value *
Fat 35 g54%
Saturated fat 10 g50%
Unsaturated fat 9 g
Carbohydrates 120 g40%
Sugar 66 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 19 g38%
Cholesterol 226 mg75%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The nutrition details may vary, depending on what types of ingredients you choose. For this recipe, I used a low-fat muffin, margarine (with 0% trans fat and cholesterol) and fat-free milk. If you go with a regular muffin, butter and whole milk, the calories will definitely be higher, and other nutrition details will be different as well.

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How to Make this Muffin Pudding A Little More Healthful

  • If the number of calories in this muffin pudding makes you shudder, forgo the sauce. By omitting the Irish Cream sauce, you cut down about 250 calories and 12 grams of fat.
  • To make this muffin pudding a little more heart-healthy, choose margarine that is trans fat-free and cholesterol-free instead of butter. Use fat-free milk or 2% milk instead of whole milk. Also, replace the egg with an egg substitute.
  • Rather than eating this as a dessert, which puts extra calories on top of your regular meal, simply enjoy it as a breakfast pudding. This muffin pudding is pretty filling and contains just about as many calories as some normal breakfast options. Plus, wouldn't it be quite lovely to start your day with a bowl of warm, sweet-smelling, homemade pudding?


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @Au Lait - Haha, yeah, I know yummy homemade muffins usually don't get stale because they tend to be gone within a few hours! Well, keep this muffin pudding recipe in mind just in case. Really appreciate your feedback. Also, thanks for voting and sharing :)

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    C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

    This sounds yummy. I love bread pudding, and I'm hoping this will be as good or better. My homemade muffins never last long enough to get stale -- in fact they rarely make it to the end of the day, but boughten muffins are another matter.

    Voted this recipe up, useful, and will share with my followers!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @vespawoolf - Hey, glad to see you! Thanks for the kind words.

    @lindacee - Thanks, Linda. Glad you'll try this recipe and won't throw away old muffins anymore!

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    lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

    I have always felt guilty throwing out leftover muffins, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Until now! I'm a bread pudding junkie, so this is the perfect solution for me. I will definitely be using the Bailey's sauce! However, I will try the healthier versions as well. Thanks for the great recipe ideas :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    What a clever idea! I appreciate your efforts not to waste the stale muffins and the end result sounds delicious. Voted up!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot, Simone! Hope you give it a try sometime :)

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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Wow, this looks so delicious. I've never seen leftover muffins treated so nicely after they've passed their prime. The Irish cream sauce sounds.... beyond amazing. What an awesome recipe!

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    Thanks, Angeline! Glad you stopped by :)

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    So clever and resourceful. Good call and it looks brand new--could have fooled me. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @jaigw - Yep, those who think ahead would smartly freeze their muffins before they become stale. This recipe is like a "plan B" when we somehow forget to eat or freeze our precious muffins. hehehe

    @Emma Harvey - Thanks, Emma. Glad you're going to give this muffin pudding a try!

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    Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    This looks like such a tempting dish! As I first looked at it I wondered how many calories would be consumed - then you brilliantly did a lower fat version.

    Love it - must try this :)

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    jaigw 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Good idea, sounds like a bread pudding.

    Of course you can freeze them while still fresh. Take them out of the freezer and slice and fry to warm up.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago


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    axakor 5 years ago

    looks tasty..

    hop! up

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @AliciaC - Sure, you can use fresh muffins for this recipe as well, Alicia. It might taste even better, actually!

    @jenubouka - Thanks! So glad you like this idea, Jen.

    @Austinstar - Stale donuts for a bread pudding? I had never heard of that but can easily imagine that it would likely be pretty yummy, too!

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    Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    OMG, this looks so fabulous! Bread pudding is one of my favorite desserts and why not use stale muffins instead of stale bread? Some people use stale doughnuts to make a bread pudding.

    Now this concoction has way too many calories for me, but I can see where to cut some of the cals out and that's a great idea to have it for breakfast.

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    jenubouka 5 years ago

    So cool Om! This is a great idea and sounds delicious as well. There are so many ideas and cool "muffin bread puddings" that could stem from this idea. Love it!

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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I love your idea for using stale muffins - and the Irish cream sauce sounds absolutely wonderful! I've go to try this recipe whether or not my muffins are stale - it looks so delicious.