Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Malasadas - Hawaiian Donuts!

When I lived in Hawaii, one of my best friends was a Portugese girl and her Mother made the best Malasadas I've ever eaten. Malasadas are the Donuts of the Pacific....


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
6 eggs
6 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
2 cups white sugar

Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup warm water; set aside.
In small bowl, beat eggs until thick.
Put flour in large bowl, making a well in the center. Into the well add yeast, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, milk, 1 cup water, and salt. Beat thoroughly to form a soft, smooth dough. Cover, let dough rise until doubled.
Heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, shake in a bag of sugar to coat, and serve hot.

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