Recipe ~ Malasadas

There is nothing that compares to fresh, warm Malasadas … Krispy Kreme donuts can’t hold a candle to these gastronomical delights, hands down.  Malasadas are great any time, but I (Lana) am especially fond of enjoying them alongside a mug of Kona Macademia Nut coffee from the Lion Coffee Company, my favorite coffee vendor in the Islands or online no ka oi for 40 years.

Here’s a video for those who need visuals when they cook … I’ve also included a recipe for a famous Island malasada from Kaua’i that is a personal recommendation from me to you.  Enjoy learning to make this food, which I’m certain will become your family’s favorite anytime treat!

Kaua’i Lady’s Malasada Recipe

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. lemon extract


Dissolve the yeast and the 1 tsp. sugar in the ¼ cup warm water. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until thick. Put the flour in a large bowl, make well in center. Add the yeast mix into eggs and add lemon extract, sugar, butter, milk, water, and salt. Mix thoroughly to form a soft dough. Cover and let rise until double. In deep fat, drop dough by spoonfuls, fry until brown. Drain and roll in sugar.

I hope that you will enjoy these “Tastes of Hawaii.” This is one of the Plantation Day’s favorites and is also a favorite to visitors to Kauai. Anyone that has been to the K-Mart in Lihue has had an opportunity to buy this yummy treat from the Malasada Lady!


Get your fresh malasadas at the Kauai malasada stand

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