Banana Bread Beer Donut Muffins -
Lessons Learned in a Life Lost

Wow. The title of this post is a mouth full huh? Well the last week, month, year of months has been even more than a mouth of full.

And AGAIN where I want to tell you the WHY’S and the HOW COME’S of our so called BLATANT LAZINESS OF 2013 it still is not the time. But let’s face it if you KNOW us you know part of the whys. But I will talk all about that (ad nauseaum of course) this coming week. Today I am taking EVEN MORE TIME OUT from our regularly scheduled (not really) posts for my (pardon my gag-me description here) BESTIE from a New England NESTIE, Elle Ritchotte.

Yes you heard me Elle – more time for you because you decided you were too awesome for this world and your feats of AMAZING were needed elsewhere. I still have not quite forgiven you for that yet but we will take this up another time, likely when I have had one too many beers but I digress.

I am not going to rehash how the news of Elle’s passing (too soon and without my permission) made me feel (it destroyed me.) Instead I am going to share with you a few things about Elle that I will carry with me forever.

She was mouthier then you ever knew. The first time she dropped the word “fuck” on me I almost spit up my coffee beer. Jeff and I had just met “face to face” (it said in real life, but I have learned that nothing is realer then the interweb friendships I have formed) a few days prior and we decided to send a pic out into the online cosmos for all the world to see. And Elle. Well she summed up what everyone else probably thought…

Me & Jeff July 2009

“Behave, for fuck sake…” Followed up by a “hehe”. Proving that you can sound fucking adorable talking like a truck driver.

That and take the world by the horns, shock everyone you can, and live the life you you were meant to, with the person you love.

And fuck everyone else who says you shouldn’t do all that.

Second. If you have an idea to try something new or maybe different not what you do every day – JUST FREAKING DO IT. (I added “freaking in there so Nike doesn’t sue me.) When Elle started making jewelry I was all over her to open an ETSY store. “Are you sure?” YES ELLE! “I would need a name.” LET’s BRAIN STORM THIS BITCH! And we did. I bounced ideas off her like ping pong balls and sat there while she finally signed up waiting for the I DID IT! And she did. And she kicked ass at it. And I envied her because I didn’t have the TIME to do the stuff I wanted to. Bullshit. If you want to do it bad enough you make the time.

So I did. (details soon.)

And lastly, everything tastes better with bacon or booze.

Actually. I taught HER that.

And this brings me to my recipe ala Elle- a-Palooza. I picked this recipe because it was around the time of this recipe that we met. I do not remember how we met, maybe the Twitter? Or why, maybe the food related twits (yes yes I know they are “tweets” but have you been on there lately?) Possibly even because she was friends with Jeff first and decided to give me a twit because me and Jeff were twitting and back then you didn’t have orange cajillion social media friends you had like 13 so maybe she wanted one more witty twitty friend.

Whatever the reason. I thank my lucky stars I had you in my life, if even for such a short fucking time. I love you girl.

So much for keeping this short. On to the recipe. So I took her Chocolate Glazed Donut Muffins and figured out how to add beer and POOF beer donut muffins. She would have called me brilliant and I would have agreed. We would have laughed over a hard cider and I would have reminded her she called me brilliant. And she would have likely said ok ok shut the fuck up but we both knew it was true. My brilliance.

Banana Beer Donut Muffins

2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 mushy banana
3/4 cup Wells banana bread beer
1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted and browned butter
1/2 cup chocolate glaze (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl or the bowl of your mixer.

Add in the eggs, banana, beer, and vanilla.

Mix well. Add in the browned butter.

Grease your muffin pan. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Turn out onto rack and cool for about 10 minutes.

Make glaze.

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
8 oz chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter

Place chocolate chips in a bowl.

Heat cream to boiling. Pour over chocolate chips. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter and stir till chocolate is melted and everything is well incorporated and shiny.

Dip muffins in the chocolate and turn to coat.

Enjoy while you reflect on a life you were meant to live. Now go out and live it.

By the way so many other blogs are dedicating posts this weekend to that which is ELLE. I think you should check them out. Because we all loved her. And we all think you should know why.

This part stolen blantantly from Jen over at Leftover Queen – If you would like to join the food blogging community in supporting Elle’s family, please join Friends of Elle on facebook to learn more about the auction be held to benefit her family. It is also a place where you can share your thoughts about Elle and gather with friends old and new who all loved this beautiful woman.


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Cooked up by Heather


  1. 12
    February 23

    Although I did not really know her, Elle’s passing did hit me. Life is short, and you only get one turn so you had better make the most of it. And yes, from what I have learned she would definitely say that your addition of beer is brilliant.

  2. 11
    February 10

    I love reading all the stories about Elle; I think all any of us could hope for is to leave a legacy like Elle has; she was lucky to have so people care about her…because she cared about them it’s evident.

    Banana Bread Beer Donut Muffins eh? Sounds like the perfect conglomeration between the two of you; I’m certain Elle would have loved them.

  3. 10
    February 10

    Bacon or no bacon-brilliant and fuck yes-beautiful. <3 xxooxx

  4. 9
    February 9

    Those look yummy. Thank you for sharing this post. I finally got my post up.

  5. 8
    February 9

    Banana bread beer?!? Holy crap! I’m almost afraid. Almost. Yes, she would have loved this, and yes, she would have asked “Where’s the bacon?” :-D I keep looking for her Facebook posts, too. It’s gut-wrenching.

    She was almost always the first (and sometimes only commenter on my blog posts. I’m glad you were, this time. It’s fitting. Thank you. xox Oh shit. Now, I’m welling up again.

  6. 7
    February 9

    This made me laugh. I know you and Elle were extremely close. I’m sorry for your loss, Heather. I know how much you’ll miss her.

  7. 6
    February 9

    Great tribute. So u are going to make some handmade jewelry too! I am staying tuned to hear more : ) That’s a special muffin, just like Elle.

  8. 5
    February 9

    This is a really great post and tribute! These muffins look pretty awesome.

  9. 4
    February 9

    Beautiful muffins, Heather! I am pretty sure that you are right and Elle would have loved them too. Brilliant!

    • 4.1
      February 9

      Thanks! I like to think so. She may have asked where’s the bacon lol.

  10. 3
    February 9

    yep Elle was ‘crazy-happy’ you two finally hooked up!
    god I miss her…I keep looking for stuff on facebook from her.

    • 3.1
      February 9

      SO do I. Every time I see a post with something silly attached to it. The harshness of that which is no more. I’m glad we all have each other and her memories to keep us company.

  11. 2
    February 9

    thank you – I love this so much, everything about it. LIVE! … is the biggest lesson we all need reminders of now and then.

    • 2.1
      February 9

      Crazy how we take life for granted. You are welcome. :)

  12. 1
    February 9

    You described Elle’s personality absolutely perfectly! I couldn’t help but smile while reading your post, thinking about all the time’s Elle dropped the F-bomb in comments on my own Facebook wall. :)

    Thank you for sharing your stories and for reminding us to live life the way *we* want by being with the people who make us happy and going the things that fill our hearts with joy.

    • 1.1
      February 9

      Amazing(ly sad) how we forget that so fast. Reminders like this are unwanted but apparently so very needed.

      Fuck yeah! ;-)

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