Cornbread Bread Pudding with Blueberries

Cornbread Blueberry Bread Pudding
Corn bread bread pudding is comfort food. I mean who doesn’t love cornbread?

Cornbread bread pudding

I love cornbread bread pudding. I love cornbread.  Manservant loves cornbread. All is well in the world. You know that, right? Except when one has leftover cornbread, which happens quite often with just two in the house.

Never one to leave anything go to waste I experimented with corn bread bread pudding. No, I am not the first, after searching Google on what I thought was an original idea. Well, it is a brilliant idea, but I guess I wasn’t the first to arrive at this conclusion.

In any case, corn bread and blueberries are a perfect combo of flavors. Cornbread is actually a quick bread with Native American origins. It is usually leavened with baking powder. Baking powder gives this heavy corn meal some lift. (Think powder equals puff. Baking soda equals spread.) With the colder weather I am finding the need to make more chili. Manservant loves chili. And when he has chili he wants cornbread. It’s so easy to make, that I never buy a mix.

Yes, I do make the recipe on the back of the container. Often I increase the sugar to about 4 tablespoons but that is up to you. A dash of vanilla extract is great if you are using your cornbread for dessert and even if you aren’t.

Don’t forget some honey butter with your cornbread. Or just honey and butter will do. And if you want a new taste sensation, top your honey butter with smoked salt. It makes cornbread amazing.

So, what to do with leftover cornbread? Yes, cornbread makes great croutons. I use them in this macho salad which I just adore. I think the cornbread croutons are a big part of this! Cornbread crumbs are also great as breading on anything you would use cornmeal for.

But my favorite way to use cornbread is in this bread pudding. Blueberries and cornmeal are a match made in heaven, but I have no doubt that cherries would taste great, too. And of course the Jack Daniels peach topping is perfect for taking this cornbread bread pudding  over the top. This was a big hit with the in laws and Manservant.  I know you will like it, too.

Cornbread Bread Pudding

Below is an updated post from 2013. This is also where Manservant got his name!

After 18 days of non stop company, my head is full. Bursting, actually. And if you could call my daughter company, well yes it is a stretch, but when you get used to someone not being home for awhile, it gets tiring squeezing everything in. I’d have her move back in a nanosecond. I miss her and I hate the quiet in my house. A lot. Well, most of the time. Okay… It is good to have a break.

Thinking of this made me realize that this is the first year my husband and I have been together full time, for about 6 years. Maybe more. He travels waaaay too much. And being away for that long makes marriage tough. It also makes it tough when you finally do get back together; which is why he is now my man servant. He named himself this. He said he is finally here to serve!

So, no, he is no longer rabbit catcher; though he was quite good at it. He is now Manservant. I told him I could use about 10 man servants. He said he could too. Feel free to apply.

Zoe and George

When I last wrote, I was cooking nonstop for my in laws. They left the day after Zoe got home and since Zoe was here I’ve hardly cooked at all. No, we aren’t going out to eat much, but we had a lot of leftovers. I gave her the requisite steak dinner after she and Manservant watched CU beat CSU, which I’m told just shouldn’t have happened. We ate lots of nachos loaded with pulled pork when family friends came over on Labor Day to happy hour with us. Then Zoe made peach margaritas with basil that I should have snapped a picture of and also slurped my favorite shrimp ceviche. Alas, there were none left.

We celebrated the Jewish New Year with pasta and burrata. It wasn’t planned that way, but sometimes things don’t work out the way they are planned. Rosh Hashanah was spent in the mountains at our Temple’s summer camp. There with good friends and about 100 other people, in our jeans, outside under the trees, with the sounds of the stream rushing in the background, we prayed. We believe we are the world’s highest active congregation at over 9,000 feet elevation. No one has heard otherwise.

Shwayder Camp

(And yes, we have heard the other joke.) Later we had roast chicken and chicken soup with to die for kreplach, at a friend’s house. After that it was time to watch the Broncos trounce the Ravens and finish off the Momufuku Milk Bar birthday cake I made Zoe. (More on that in another post.)

Zoe and me with Momofuku birthday cake

Friday we had dinner at a new restaurant, the Populist. It was fun, but all three of us were pretty tired from a full week of communing with each other and kicking off the Jewish new year. My expectations were that I would still write while Zoe was home, but my brain was somewhere else. Words failed me as I was nourished just spending time with her. Now I am looking through food photos and family photos and trying to see where to begin again.

Kind of fitting since that’s what the Jewish New Year is all about. New beginnings. Wiping the slate clean. Fresh starts. Last year was a tough one. This year will be good. I feel it deep in my bones. These bones are so, so ready to jump for joy. I just hope my man servant can catch.

Now please make some cornbread and save some for leftovers. This cornbread bread pudding is amazing!

Abbe, Ed, Zoe

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Cornbread Blueberry Bread Pudding

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Cornbread Blueberry Bread Pudding

Corn Bread Bread Pudding with Blueberries and a Peach Topping

  • Author: Adapted from Martha Stewart
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60-75 minutes to bake
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


What to do with leftover cornbread? This cornbread pudding is amazing! I mean who doesn’t love cornbread?



Corn Bread

1 1/4 c flour

3/4 c cornmeal

1/4 c sugar

2 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

1 c skim milk

1/4 c vegetable oil

1 beaten egg

Bread Pudding

1/2 c maple syrup
4 eggs
3 c Half and Half
1/4 t salt
1/4 c brown sugar
1 1/2 lbs corn bread leftovers (About 34 c of cubed corn bread)
3/4 c blueberries
2 T brown sugar

Peach Sauce with Jack Daniels

2 T butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1 T Jack Daniels
1/4 t cinnamon
3 sliced peaches



Preheat oven to 400. Grease an 8 or 9″ pan.

Combine dry ingredients in medium sized bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a large measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the dry cornbread mixture and pour in. Stir until everything is moistened and well mixed.

Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until top is light golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Bread Pudding:

Preheat oven to 300.

Butter an 8′ round souffle dish. Place corn bread cubes and blueberries in dish.

Whisk first 5 ingredients together. Pour over bread and blueberries. Sprinkle with 2 T brown sugar. You can add cinnamon, too if you like. Feel free to sub in different fruits. And don’t be afraid to add more liquid. The creamier the better. Make sure your bread is covered with liquid. Let liquid soak in about 5-10 minutes, weighted if necessary.

Bake at 300 for 60-75 minutes. Serve warm with peach sauce or  just serve alone with whipped or ice cream.

Peach Sauce

Melt butter and brown sugar in a saute pan on stove.

Stir in the Jack or leave out.

Add cinnamon.

Stir in peaches and cook for a few minutes until peaches are softened enough to your liking.

Put a few spoonfuls over each serving of bread pudding and top with ice cream or whipped cream.


For bread pudding it is best if somewhat dry leftovers are used.

Keywords: cornbread pudding, cornbread bread pudding, leftover cornbread recipe

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  • Marcelle
    February 17, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Abbe, I have leftover cornbread and a pint of blueberries in my kitchen right now!! How lucky for me 🙂 Lovely post, my friend. I have many older ones I need to update too!

  • Tina Eddy
    September 13, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    This is a favorite of mine! I make it allthe time. Sometimes I substitute the syrup for agave or honey. Sometimes I substitute full fat coconut milk for the 1/2 n 1/2. And sometimes I make it exactly as the recipe says. It all tastes good and is always a hit with family and friends. Great recipe.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 13, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks so much Tina! It is always nice to get comments like yours. Love your ideas and now that I'm looking at this, I'm thinking I should make this real soon!

  • Ginger Wroot
    February 10, 2016 at 12:55 am

    This looks heavenly. My sister was just here visiting, has left, and now I, like you, have lots of leftovers, including cornbread. Soooo….your recipe fits the bill! Thanks!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

      So happy it works, Ginger! I'm ready to make more cornbread, just so I can make this! It is good having leftovers though, isn't it?

  • Compliance Hong Kong
    May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.

  • technology capitalists
    September 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I enjoyed looking at this very much and stand ready to serve. 🙂 Is it too late to have a repeat of this dish?
    P.S. You gals do look gorgeous. 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks, M.S. Glad you are getting around to noticing us!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Your daughter is beautiful Abbe, and I'm glad you got to spend time with her, and that wonderful cake! I love bread pudding, but never made it with cornbread, probably because I hardly ever make cornbread, ja! The idea of adding blueberries is brilliant!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Paula! I love spending time with her! And you should try cornbread. it is so wholesome!

  • shannon weber
    September 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    your daughter is ADORABLE! happy belated birthday to her! and look at your cake….Abbe, i don't even need a future post to know that you did an excellent job; just look at it. it's stunning; i bet Zoe was thrilled. I would have been thrilled, for sure.
    Aside from that, this cornbread pudding is perhaps one of the only bread puddings i've ever really been drawn to in a big way. I'm not much for the idea of bread pudding, but the texture of cornbread and the sweetness of blueberries seem like something that would work wonderfully in a dish like this. I love cornbread blueberry muffins, so i feel like this would be an easy, natural next step. so pretty!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks Shannon! You are the expert in all things birthday! The cornbread was good and I can't wait to have more leftovers!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    September 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I know what you mean…That's when I grab potato chips and chocolate chips from the pantry. But it gets me thinking about what I want to cook the next day. Thanks for visiting Sharon. Hope to see you again!

  • Laura Dembowski
    September 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    That is a lot of company for sure! I'm sure it was a lot of fun too. The Momofuku cake looks amazing – I can't wait to read more about it. Bread pudding sounds super yummy too!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      Laura, I've done a lot of Momofuku. Very interesting!

  • Sharon
    September 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    By golly, absolutely mouthwatering ❤ I really shouldn't be checking out food blogs so late at night. Great, now I'm feeling hungry…arghh!

  • kumars kitchen
    September 11, 2013 at 3:18 am

    lovely idea to use cornbread for a summery blueberry pudding…it is unique but will taste so comforting…will try this yummy fruity dish for the weekend,thanks so much for sharing this recipe… 🙂

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    September 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Enjoy Kumars. It is a good one. And the peach sauce is great with just ice cream!

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation
    September 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Looks like you have a lot of things going on in your life. That doesn't mean you won't turn out some delicious food! The fancy corn bread looks fabulous and I bet it tastes even better than it looks. Thanks for sharing it

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 11, 2013 at 2:52 am

      You know me well Yi! Good friends and family should always have good food. Makes for a great time, wouldn't you say? So glad you are back!

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You
    September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Abbe: I love the corn bread pudding! It looks quite comforting.I also loved to see your picture with your daughter. What pretty gals you both are!!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 11, 2013 at 2:50 am

      Denise, it so nice being referred to as a gal! Thank you! That makes me feel young again! It was a comforting bread pudding!

  • ChgoJohn
    September 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    You sure have been busy lately! Well, Abbe, at least you now have a man servant. Should you ever be that busy again, he can shoulder most of the workload. I give you credit for coming up with this dessert. I'm partial to anything with blueberries and cornbread is a favorite, too. Why not combine them? That photo of a serving of the finished pudding looks very good. Great pic, too, of your daughter and George. 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 11, 2013 at 2:49 am

      Thanks John! You made me laugh. Like he would shoulder the burden? Don't I wish?!! I was happy to get that last pic. George is very hard to photograph because he is totally black and he's been sick a lot this year and Zoe is HIS pet! So it was nice to get a good pic of the two of them! Thanks for noticing!

  • Lisa
    September 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Awww what a cute puppy!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Yes, he is! But he totally has no self esteem! Freddie, our other dog makes up for it! Thanks, Lisa!

  • Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania
    September 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Zoe is so beautiful! You have a lovely family and your pet is also very sweet. I experiment a lot with desserts and puddings are no exception. This recipe sounds intriguing!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Purabi! This is a good simple recipe and it stays fresh and tastes better even a few days after baking. George is a sweetheart but at 45 pounds he is really not a lapdog, though he thinks he is! I was just happy to get that picture since he is so hard to photograph!

  • Tricia Buice
    September 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    If you would cook like that all the time – I bet my husband would join your little ban of servants 🙂 Will work for food! He's also killer on leftovers – nothing goes to waste 🙂 Beautiful daughter Zoe and lovely photos. Praying high in the mountains is the perfect place to be – closer to God 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Praying in the mountains is truly a gift from God. We've been doing this since the kids were 5 and it is so special. Anytime your husband wants to swing on by…But I'd love you to visit, too!

  • cquek
    September 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing yet another delicious and delightful post.

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    September 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good Morning Abbe! I love this blueberry bread pudding recipe- genius idea to use corn bread! And the peach sauce sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing! Your daughter Zoe is beautiful, love the photos!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Oh, you two are so nice! Thanks for the compliments. She is as beautiful inside as out! Enjoy the bread pudding!

  • Angie Schneider
    September 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Your daughter has your smile…bright and beautiful. Happy happy birthday, Zoe.
    The cornbread pudding with peach sauce sounds and looks so intriguing and delish.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Angie, that is so sweet. You will enjoy this pudding. I know it!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    September 10, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Sounds like you've been having a great time! Business travel stinks – I used to do a ton of it in another life, and am so glad all of that is behind me. Anyway, you've been eating well. It's so hard to create a truly new recipe, isn't it? Someone somewhere has already made almost everything. No matter – it's still fun messing around in the kitchen and figuring things out on your own. Great idea to combine corn bread and blue berries – I've never done that! Super looking bread pudding, and I love that peach sauce. Fun stuff – thanks.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      September 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Like the new logo, Mr. KR! Everything has been done but it is always fun to add your new twist. I love to travel but business travel is rough on everyone. Thanks! After too many weeks of being gone I always think everyone will forget me!