What to Do with Leftover Muffins - Muffin Pudding Recipe with Irish Cream Sauce
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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
- 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
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix together butter, milk, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg with a whisk or fork.
- Add the crumbled muffin and mix together well either with a fork or your hands.
- 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.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 - 50 minutes, or until the pudding rises and turns slightly brown on top.
- 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.
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.
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Calories and Nutrition Details of this Muffin Pudding (Including the Irish Cream Sauce)
|Serving size: 1 bowl|
|Calories from Fat||315|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 35 g||54%|
|Saturated fat 10 g||50%|
|Unsaturated fat 9 g|
|Carbohydrates 120 g||40%|
|Sugar 66 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 19 g||38%|
|Cholesterol 226 mg||75%|
|* 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?