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Malasadas-Hawaiian Style

Malasadas are special to Hawaii. They are pretty much the Hawaii's most famous donuts. It is fried to a crispy brown color. Rolled in sugar and filled with a sweet filling of your choice.
Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Hawaiian, Portuguese
Servings 12


  • Fryer


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 2 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar more for coating the malasada
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • oil for frying


  • Warm up the milk and add in the yeast and sugar. Set it aside until it becomes frothy looking. *TIP: If using active dry yeast, let the mixture bubble and foam before proceeding (this can take 3-5 minutes). If using instant yeast, proceed with the recipe (no need to let the yeast activate).
  • In the meantime, whisk the bread flour with salt and sugar. Set aside.
  • Beat the eggs until it becomes bubbly. Add in the yeast mixture, melted butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and vinegar. Mix it well.
  • With the flour mixture, create a small well and add in part of the egg mixture. Using a wooden spoon, mix it together while slowly adding in the rest of the egg mixture.
  • When the dough starts to look loose and shaggy, transfer it to a flat surface and knead it until the dough begins to smooth out.
  • Transfer it to a large bowl and cover it with a towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • After the dough has finished rising, begin to form the malasadas. Take a piece from the dough and start to form 2 inches of discs. It can be formed by hand or flattening the dough and cutting out circular shapes. Make as many discs as the dough allows.
  • Set it on a baking sheet, cover, and let it rise once more for two hours.
  • Heat up 2 inches of oil. Carefully add in the dough to the oil and let it cook for about 2 minutes or until it begins to look golden brown. Flip it and let it cook until it looks brown.
  • Remove from the oil and set it aside on a wire rack with a baking sheet at the bottom to catch any leftover oils. Cook the rest of the dough using the same process.
  • After the dough has cooled down, in a bowl with sugar, roll the malasada in the sugar until all sides have been coated. Repeat the process until all of the doughnuts have been covered in sugar.
  • If you want to have a filling in the malasada, you can add in the haupia pudding that I’ve made in a previous video.
  • Using a knife, cut a small hole in the malasada and using a chopstick or long stick like a skewer, wiggle it side to side to create a hollow for the filling. Fill the malasada with the desired filling using a pastry bag.
  • Serve and enjoy these onolicious malasadas!
Keyword donuts, doughnuts, filling, malasada, sugar