Food Frenzy: Malasadas

Fresh Malasadas from L&L Hawaiian BBQ

This is a batch we ordered after dinner yesterday at our local L&L

So most of you probably think these warm donuts are a product of Hawaii. Wrong. It's actually of Portuguese origins. Either way it's so delicious and tasty! My favorites are from L&L Bbq in town, homemade or from the one and only Leonard's Bakery in Hawaii! It's been years since I've been to Leonard's but my mouth drools everytime someone mentions it or I think of it.

If you haven't tried malasadas, give it a try and make it at home! There is a quick and easy way to enjoy these yummy treats as well. Check below under "variations".


Making Malasadas

(Creative Commons photo by Pierre Omidyar)


  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • Sugar (you may also choose to add cinnamon and nutmeg) to coat the Malasadas.
  1. Using the small mixing bowl, whisk yeast, sugar and warm water together. Then set aside.
  2. Using the electric mixer, add the eggs and whip until they are thick.
  3. Change the mixer attachment to a dough hook, and add the yeast mixture, butter, sugar, milk and half and half.
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Add the flour one cup at a time, until a soft dough ball is formed.
  6. Remove the dough and put into the lightly oiled bowl.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  8. Let the dough rise until it is doubled in size, usually a little over an hour.
  9. Pour the oil into a large, deep pot or a fryer, and heat it to 350 degrees.
  10. After the dough has risen, put the dough on a floured surface and roll it to 1/4 inch thick.
  11. Cut into 1-inch squares with the sharp knife.
  12. Drop the dough pieces into the hot oil for about 3-4 minutes, or until golden, stirring constantly.
  13. Remove the malasadas from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  14. While the malasadas are still warm, roll them in sugar and enjoy!


  • There aren't many variations on the classic malasadas recipe. Variations occur if you choose to roll the warm malasadas in a spice other than sugar.
  1. Try tossing malasadas in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  2. Some recipes use pre-made dough for a quick and just as tasty treat.


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