Malasadas!

Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Malasadas!

I have another sweets blog! Has anyone had these tasty treats? I hear they are delicious. Please recommend a bakery to go for them in Kauai
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:00 PM
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I love malasadas! We've been to Kaua`i twice and the only bakery that I have gotten them at is Kaua`i Bakery and Cinnamons at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue. They were delicious, but get there early as they are much better when they are hot out of the oil and they sell out quickly.

The best malasadas I've had were at the food tent part at the Koloa Plantation Days party that takes place in Koloa after the parade. This is usually the last Saturday in July I think. They were hot, sweet and fresh and melted in your mouth! We will be there with our mouths watering this summer!

Apparently there is a woman who sometimes makes them in the parking lot of the True Value hardware store in Lihue. We swung by two times last summer, but she was not there. I'm not sure how accurate this info is anymore anyhow.

We are staying in Hanalei this summer and I hope I can find a place to get my fix!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:25 PM
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The malasadas from the Punahou Carnival are my favorite. It's a yearly tradition for me. Sorry, it's on Oahu, not Kauai.

I think I like them the best because they are a little bit denser and chewier than the ones sold at the bakeries, which are too light and airy for me. However, if someone's buying malasadas, I'm not going to turn them down, no matter where they're from.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:32 PM
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When is Punahou Carnival?
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:44 PM
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The Punahou Carnival has passed....it's always the first weekend in February.

My faves are the ones stuffed with haupia, chocolate, or lilikoi. Now they have these at Liliha Bakery, which are not the SAME, I know, but a reasonable facsimile.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:58 PM
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On Kaua`i, the only place to get malasadas on a daily basis (good idea if you're trying to gain weight...!), is the bakery at Kukui Grove Shopping Center.

But when you visit the islands, always check the local paper for any ho`olaule`a -- these are the festivals where folks set up malasadas stands. Just had our annual Waimea Town Festival last weekend and -- as always -- our first stop was the malasadas tent.

And for those of you who don't know what a malasada is (poor things!!) -- imagine dense doughnut dough, shaped in a large ball (Waimea's were the size of tennis balls...wu-huuuuu!), cooked crispy, then rolled in granulated sugar. Always best when eaten hot, as they tend to become rock hard when cool.

We got a bag of 8, for $5 <drool>.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Malasadas are wonderful! We're so lucky here in Las Vegas to have such a large Hawaiian population, because with the Hawaiians comes their food! Each year on the first weekend of May there is a huge May Day/Lei Day celebration downtown on the Main Street Station parking lot and they make and sell malasadas all day long. In late September we have a ho'laulea at Lorenzi Park and they have them there too. Yummy!

In Honolulu, Leonard's is pretty famous for their malasadas. Now my mouth is watering for a malasada - which is NOT allowed on my Atkins diet!
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Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 11:01 AM
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Tex Drive-In, Big Island. 'Nuff said.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:31 PM
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I was very excited about trying these on our trip and even made the stop at Tex Drive-In. To me and this is just my opinion. They are just big donut holes rolled in sugar. No big deal........
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Old Mar 4th, 2005, 12:28 AM
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Ummm...not quite doughnut holes rolled in sugar. The best malasadas should be a bit "eggy" on the inside. We have a very popular competitor to Leonard's here in Honolulu called Champions. I'm told the baker is from Macao, which was a Portugese colony, so he learned this wonderful Portugese tradition!
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Of the commercial ones, I like Champion's the best. Punahou's are the very best though - I guess after waiting a year, then standing in that line they better be good!.

Malasadas need to be eaten hot, and one trait that both Champion and the Punahou malasadas share is that they cam be reheated, either in the oven or microwave. Don't know why, as other brands like Leonards get too tough and greasy if you try to reheat. You can even freeze the Punahou ones.
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I used to always get them at the stand in front of K-mart in Lihue. Hot , yummy, 3 for $1.
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>You can even freeze the Punahou ones.<

ooh - freezing them - never occurred to me. I might try it.

I agree that out of the commercial ones, I like Champion's the best.

This reminds me of when I was living in Texas - my mother mailed me an island cookbook (one of those local spiral bound deals) that had a malasada recipe in it. The recipe was pretty good - it had that "eggy" characteristic that you need for malasadas - I've since lost the cookbook. I'll have to look around for another.
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So when you say commercial ones...does that mean you can buy them at grocery stores or abc stores or what?

I've never tried them, but I absolutely cannot wait!!
 
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The best malasadas I ever had were the ones that my dearly departed Portuguese grandmother made in her kitchen before every large family gathering !

I can't wait to see how the ones on Kauai compare to my memories. Thanks for all the tips.
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ooooh, I forgot about Champion! I haven't had that in a while, and yes, those are my favorite malasadas.
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i have to try it! just hope i remember to put it on my to-do list when i go this summer.

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I am so excited to try them. we're leaving for Kauai March 30th. Yay! Anyhow i found this recipe if anyone is interested:Malasadas are one of the all time favorite snacks at community functions and fund-raisers. If you make this, you will rapidly become popular with all of your local friends. A non-traditional (read haole) way of preparing this is to add nutmeg or cinnamon to the sugar mixture that is used to coat the maladsadas.

Ingredients:

1 package yeast (1 T)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water

6 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup water
1 cup evaporated milk
6 eggs

1 quart vegetable oil (to cook)
extra sugar

Procedure
Dissolve yeast, sugar and water and set aside. Beat eggs. Measure flour into mixing bowl and add salt. Make a well in the flour, pour yeast mixture, eggs and other ingredients. Beat in circular motion until the dough is soft. Cover, let raise until double. Turn dough over but do not punch down. Cover and let raise again. Heat oil to 375 degrees and drop dough by teaspoon full into oil and cook until brown. Shake in brown bag with sugar. Best when hot.
Note: If the malasadas have a tendency to come out with the center still doughy, turn the heat down on the oil which will allow them to cook longer.


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If you live in Las Vegas and you want Hot Malasadas along with Manju, Coco puffs and Haupia then go to ISLAND DESSERTS & Bake Shoppe in the Collonade Square Shopping Center (Corner of Pebble & Eastern Ave.) 8876 Eastern Ave. Suite 101 Phone 702-939-0880
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