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Alisha Rodrigues


The recipe is my Grandmother's handed down to my Mom and me. It is a Portuguese recipe from way back. The "donuts" are delicious. Traditionally they are made on "Fat Tuesday", but my Mom loved making them anytime for family and friends. Malassadas are popular in Kauai. They are an import from the Portuguese that immigrated there to work in the sugar cane many year ago.


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6 to 8
1 Hr
5 Min


  • 1 pkg
    yeast mixed with 1 tsp. sugar and 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 large
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp
    melted butter
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
  • 3 c
  • ·
    oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 c
    sugar for coating
  • 1 Tbsp
    cinnamon for coating

How to Make Malassadas


  1. In bowl, beat eggs real well until thick and lemony. Add sugar & salt. Mix. Add butter, water and milk. Mix well. Add yeast. Mix. Add the flour
    1 cup at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Cover. Place bowl in warm place and let raise for 2 to 3 hours
  3. Drop from rounded teaspoon into 375 F oil (only fry 3 or 4 at a time)Fry 3 to 4 minutes until golden turning once.
  4. Remove with slotted spoon and coat with sugar or with a mixture of sugar & cinnamon. You can roll them in the coating or put the sugar/cinnamon in a paper bag, add fried malassadas and shake. Serve warm.

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