Ask anyone about Leonard's Bakery and I bet the first thing they would mention is the malasadas. Leonard's Bakery has been doing business since 1952 at the same spot on the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Charles Street.
Well, what exactly is a malasada? Malasadas have their origins in Portuguese cuisine and are a sort of fried pastry dough. Malasadas from Leonard's are exactly that. Dough that has been fried until crispy and golden brown on the outside, while remaining fluffy and moist on the inside.
Here at Leonard's you can get your malasada fix 2 ways, either with sugar or with sugar/cinnamon! At a measly 66 cents each, I get 3 of each to go!
Incredibly delicious, they should be eaten while still hot for the best sensory overload around!
933 Kapahulu Avenue
Here's a recipe for malasadas made the easy way.
1 1/2 cups Bisquick®
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup milk
vegetable oil (for deep frying)
1 cup granulated sugar (or sugar/cinnamon)
brown paper bag
Blend the first 5 ingredients together until smooth and lump free. Set aside. This mixture should be almost the same consistency as pancake batter or a little thicker.
Take 5 slices white bread and remove the crusts and cut each slice of bread into 4 squares.
Then, dip the bread into the batter and drop into hot oil, frying until golden brown. Remove from oil and then place in paper bag filled with sugar. Shake to coat.