Okay I admit I cheated today by eating a Leonards Malasada. I had a pretty good excuse because some folks came in from the mainland who really wanted to try them so I just had to give in!
If you’ve been here on a Hawaii Vacation, then we hope (fingers crossed) that you’ve sampled a Malasada. These Portuguese balls of dough are deep-fried in oil and rolled in granulated sugar, much like a donut, but minus the hole. They are warm, sugary, cinnamon-rolled and fried to perfection, and can be found at many roadside stands, bakeries, and food booths in Hawaii. Because we love these local goodies so much, we’ve decided to share with you the recipe, in hopes that you will bring these malasadas back home and share them with friends and family. They are great as a dessert, midday treat, or breakfast for the carb lover, and who are we kidding, aren’t we all? This easy recipe produces soul-warming malasadas that are guaranteed to become a favorite in no time. Just make sure to pass the recipe along to those who love them too, otherwise you’ll have neighbors knocking on the door for more, all the time!
(Makes 34 – loz portions)
3 1/2 cups of Bread Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of Instant Yeast
2 teaspoons of Salt
5 1/4 tablespoons of Sugar
5 Egg Yolks
3/4 cup Water
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Milk
4 1/4 teaspoons of Butter
1. In a mixing bowl with paddle, place all dry ingredients.
2. Start mixing and add all liquids slowly.
3. Mix 2 minutes on first speed until ingredients are combined and 10 minutes on second speed.
4. Remove dough and cover and let it rest for 5 minutes covered.
5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Using a round cutter, cut out circles and place on a floured cloth or a pan lined with pan liner.
7. Proof for 1 1/2 hour.
8. Fry at 350°F in a saucepan with oil about 3 inch high.
9. Remove when a uniform color is reached.
10. Drain the donuts before rolling in cinnamon sugar.
This can be eaten as is or stuffed with your favorite type of filling.