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Easy Hawaiian Style Malasadas Recipe

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Easy Hawaiian style malasadas are deep fried and rolled in sugar creating a light and fluffy donut. Perfect for Malasada day here in Hawai’i or anytime of year.

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Whether you call it Malasada Day, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, or something else, one thing’s for sure, delicious food will be a part of your day.

Here in Hawai’i it’s most often called Malasada Day or Fat Tuesday. This is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of lent.

A popular treat made for enjoyment on Fat Tuesday is malasadas. Malasada is a Portuguese dessert that was brought to the islands by immigrants that traveled to Hawai’i to work on the plantations.

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Malasadas have quickly become the favorite Hawaiian island donuts. Malasadas are small yeast balls of dough, deep fried, and coated in granulated sugar. Traditional malasadas are not not filled, however in Hawai’i you can find both traditional malasadas as well as stuffed ones.

Popular filings used to stuff malasadas include:

  • Haupia
  • Guava
  • Lilikoi
  • Custard
  • Chocolate
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If you’re looking for other popular desserts here in Hawai’i, try kulolo, sweet potato haupia bars, or haole brownies.

Home Maid Bakery on Maui and Leonard’s Bakery on O’ahu are popular for their yummy version of the malasada.

What do I need to make malasadas:

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What’s the difference between bread flour and all purpose flour?

Bread flour contains a higher protein content than that of all purpose flour. Proteins create gluten. Gluten creates stringy strands that allow bread to have its characteristic elasticity and stretch.

Do I have to let the malasadas rise?

Letting the dough rise allows the yeast time to use up the sugars and break down the starches. This allows air to form within the dough creating light and fluffy dough. I would not recommend skipping this step. It’ll be well worth your wait.

What other toppings can you use on malasadas?

The classic topping is granulated sugar. You can also use cinnamon sugar, plain, or with a side of ice cream. Drizzle on some chocolate or strawberry sauce. The possibilities are endless.

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How to store malasadas?

Malasadas are best eaten fresh. If you somehow have leftovers you can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. You can reheat the malasadas in a microwave when ready to eat.

Can you freeze malasada dough?

You sure can. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. This will keep for a few months. Allow to defrost at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight.

How to make malasadas?

In a small mixing bowl add yeast, warm water heated to 115F, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set aside and allow to sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add eggs. Mix until light and fluffy.

Add milk, evaporated milk, butter, sugar, and yeast mixture. Mix until well combined.

With the motor running slowly add flour mixture and salt. Mix dough until well combined and smooth.

Transfer to a lightly greased mixing bowl and cover with a towel. Place in a warm, dark area and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Remove dough on to a floured surface. Roll dough to about 1 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cup, or any round shape to cut dough. Place dough rounds on to a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a towel and allow to rest.

Place sugar in a large bowl and set aside. Heat oil of choice in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat until oil is heated to 375F. Place malasadas on oil to fry. Do not crowd the malasadas. Fry until golden brown or about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Remove malasada from oil and place on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Once malasada has slightly cooled, place in the bowl with sugar. Toss to coat.

ENJOY!

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Easy Hawaiian Style Malasada Recipe

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Easy Hawaiian style malasadas are deep fried and rolled in sugar creating a light and fluffy donut. Perfect for Malasada day here in Hawai’i or anytime of year.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl add yeast, warm water heated to 115F, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set aside and allow to sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add eggs. Mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Add milk, evaporated milk, butter, sugar, and yeast mixture. Mix until well combined.
  4. With the motor running slowly add flour mixture and salt. Mix dough until well combined and smooth.
  5. Transfer to a lightly greased mixing bowl and cover with a towel. Place in a warm, dark area and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Remove dough on to a floured surface. Roll dough to about 1 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cup, or any round shape to cut dough. Place dough rounds on to a greased cookie sheet. Cover with a towel and allow to rest.
  7. Place sugar in a large bowl and set aside. Heat oil of choice in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat until oil is heated to 375F. Place malasadas on oil to fry. Do not crowd the malasadas. Fry until golden brown or about 3-5 minutes on each side.
  8. Remove malasada from oil and place on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Once malasada has slightly cooled, place in the bowl with sugar. Toss to combine.
  9. ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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By on February 25th, 2020

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “Easy Hawaiian Style Malasadas Recipe”

  1. Aloha Relle,
    Is it okay to let the Malasadas rise overnight and then fry them fresh in the morning?

    Mahalo, Keoni in WA

    Reply
    • Hi John. You can, but you don’t want to let it over proof as well. You can slow down this process by placing it in the fridge to rise overnight. Be sure to cover with a wet cloth if doing so, so the dough does not dry out. Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
    • I prefer to use active dry for the flavor and consistency. Sometimes the instant yeast makes it rise too quickly and you loose that flavor. But if that is all you have it can work. I know yeast is hard to come by right now. Let me know how it goes.

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  2. My 11 year old son & I made Malasadas together following your recipe and they turned out fantastic! We had fun making them & it tasted great the next morning as well – we microwaved them for 15 seconds & they were delicious. 1/3 of the batch is in the fridge for tomorrow, and other 1/3 is in the freezer for later use. Thank you Relle, for the wonderful recipe! The video instructions were very helpful, too.

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  3. Aloha Relle. Do you think this recipes could be turned into POI donuts with taro powder. Or do you have a recipe for Poi donuts?

    Mahalos and thank you for great recipes and cooking ideas.

    Mahalo Nui,

    Scottymac

    Reply
  4. Hi! Does it matter what type of milk you use? I typically have coconut milk at home, but didn’t know if whole milk or 2% was better. Thanks! Looking forward to trying to make these on my own!

    Reply

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