Guess what’s happening on Sunday?! Well ladies and gentleman it’s the premier of Arrested Development on Netlfix!!!! Are you excited? Do you have a big pot of hot ham water boiling on the stove in celebration? It’s so watery, and yet there’s a smack of ham to it…
I was sharing my excitement for the return of Arrested Development on Facebook when my blogging buddy Rebecca and I started quoting the show back and forth. We started chatting and finally decided that we needed to have a blog event to celebrate the show.
So, I gladly bring you the Arrested Development Premier Party – AKA: Operation Hot Ham Water!!! There is no red carpet but there is some tasty goods brought to you by several very talented bloggers! Plus I got my brother to develop this pretty neat poster…isn’t he the best?
We are all making foods that have something to do with the show. I settled on making donuts and homemade soda from the episode where Michael goes on a date in Wee Britain. He and his date, Rita, decide to dine at Ammy’s American Style Restaurant where they are served baskets of donuts and 64 ounce sodas. Mr. F approves.
See everything in this picture? I ate it almost 30 minutes. I’m a total Lindsay Chop.
In honor of the show the donuts are banana (there is always money in the banana stand) and I packed them full of King Arthur Flour cinnamon flav-r-bites. Cinnamon and banana…could there be a better combination? The soda is a combination of homemade spicy ginger syrup and seltzer water. It has just the right balance of burn on the tongue ginger flavor and sugary sweetness. I also added a touch of vodka (oh how I wish Cloudmir was real) because it wouldn’t be an Arrested Development party without booze…am I right?
P.S. Always leave a note.
Banana Cinnamon Donuts & Spiked Spicy Ginger Soda
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup cinnamon flav-r-bites or cinnamon chips
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Splash of half and half
4 cups finely chopped ginger root
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 bottle seltzer water
2 ounces vodka
Source: Donut recipes slightly adapted from Shutterbean
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 6 count donut pans with non-stick spray, set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
In a medium sized bowl mix together sugar, eggs, bananas, vanilla bean paste and vegetable oil. Stir until combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Fold in cinnamon flav-r-bites.
Fill donut pans 3/4 full and bake for about 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Once donuts are cooled top with frosting.
To make frosting mix together cream cheese, cinnamon and powdered sugar. Add a splash of half and half to thin out frosting until you reach your desired consistency.
In a medium saucepan add chopped ginger, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook down for about 45 minutes until you have about 1 cup syrup. Let cool
Once cool add anywhere from 3-6 tablespoons syrup in a short glass and top with vodka and seltzer water. Stir and enjoy. If you enjoy this drink for breakfast be sure to serve it with a slice of toast.
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