Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Hawaiian Fried donuts – Malasadas

_DSC9544My husband and I went overboard on this sweet other day. Are you kidding? We’re sooo NOT needing this million calories. We are definitely missing our grandchildren in Hawaii. What can I say, they live so far away, they transformed into something else every time we see them …mostly a delightful surprise but some sadness is also associated with knowing that time has passed in flash._DSC0048

Leonard’s is well known for malasadas in Hawaii. Now they ventured out in Yokohama, Japan. I don’t have their recipe but I hope mine has some relativity. We baked some in the oven, in a desperate attempt to cut calories but my husband and I both agree that fried ones are bloody addicting.

Ingredients and how to on 10 malasadas

Equipment: Bread maker, although you could make it without by using your muscle.

Make Egg Milk first

  • Evaporated milk 100cc
  • 1 Whole large egg
  • Yolk of 1 large egg
  • Water to be determined
  1. Pour the evaporated milk into a 1 cup glass measurement cup.
  2. Add eggs and mix well.
  3. Add enough water to fill it to the 1 cup line, then combine well. Set aside._DSC0175

What goes in the bread maker

  • Weak power flour or cake flour 1cup
  • Bread flour is recommended but all purpose flour is acceptable. 1 and 1/4 cup plus more for dusting surface later.
  • Yeast 1-1/2 teaspoon
  • Potato starch or corn starch 2 Tablespoons
  • Sugar 3 Tablespoons
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon
  • Egg milk (see above) 1 cup
  1. Put flours in the bread maker pan. Make depression on middle of flours and bury the yeast and cover up with more flour so that yeast will not touch the liquid or salt right away.
  2. Put rest of ingredients in avoiding yeast as much as possible.
  3. Select ‘dough’ course (rise once) and start the cycle.

And the rest

  • Parchment paper cut in 10-5x5 squares
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Granulated sugar, powder sugar, cinnamon or filling of your choice 
  1. When the dough is done, take it out and put in a bowl. Punch down the dough and cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 10 minutes
  2. Divide the dough into 10 pieces. Dust your hands with flour and make balls with dough, folding the dough to the inside of the ball to make a smooth surface.
  3. Put each ball onto prepared parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap to let rise in a warm place for 2nd time, about 40 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in heavy pan (oil should be 2inches deep) at medium high – an ideal temperature is 340F. Grab the edge of parchment paper and gently lower the ball with paper still intact. When the paper separates from bun then remove from oil and discard. Fry for about 2 minutes on both sides or till it has a nice golden color. Lower the heat if the malasada gets dark too quickly. Receive onto a paper towel to absorb excess oil._DSC0204
  5. Roll the buns in the tray with granulated sugar or cinnamon or combination of both while it’s hot.

Variation – Custard cream filling_DSC0210

Take a look at this video to see how easy it is to make custard cream in the microwave. I can’t say this is the best custard cream, it’s still quite good.

Easy Microwave Custard

Tips: #1, Adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. #2, Keep in mind that custard will thicken as it cools. However, if the custard is not thick enough for your liking then microwave and check in 30 second increments at 50% power. #3, If you desire a smoother custard, strain it through a sieve.


A) Use the rolling pin to stretch the ball of dough to make flat rounds about 5 inches in diameter.

B)  Spoon the custard onto center of round then gather the edges, be careful not let the edge touch the cream (that will make it hard to seal off). Pinch the dough tight to close. Put on the parchment paper seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2nd time. Continue to instruction 4 above.

Baking Instruction- line cooking sheet with parchment paper.

Follow instruction 1 through 3. Brush all over buns with melted butter before putting in the oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 355F._DSC0195_DSC0197_DSC0227Custard cream filled malasadas must be kept in refrigerator and consumed within a few days. What pressure!

Around home  I planted green shiso in a pot for easy access. Now the plant is overgrown in beautiful way!_DSC0190_DSC0141

A dozen Linden trees were covered with netting last week after more than 50,000 bumble bees died off caused by pesticide sprayed in our city’s Target parking lot. This unfortunate incident will most likely affect the future of the bee colony…very upsetting news.DSCN2348

Grateful for city’s Thursday Market. Painting class and all the errands I do on Thursdays, it is nice to not worry about evening meals.

Our friends who came from Czechoslovakia was one of venders there. DSCN2342And their sweets were very nice as they are. He was one of the volunteer translators in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.DSCN2341I noticed many people brought their doggie companion to the market. Not at all camera shy, a photogenic puppy is one of them.DSCN2343

On last Friday, My girlfriend and I went to Chef Naoko for lunch (currently open only at lunch time).20130628_113342_1Their potions are generous, have creative menus and friendly staff. Liked it!

We decided to try Japanese owned Behind the Museum Café for dessert afterward. It was hard to assess the store…I expected to see more Japanese sweets but it was so limited. This chick-like Japanese pastry had great flavor but was way too teensy and cost $2.75. Really? Also available, bite-sized American style muffins and seven spice flavored popcorn. I dunno…disappointed? ..a little.20130628_130030 I liked the décor though, bright, open and dishes are artistic.20130628_125818 20130628_12572120130628_125911

A view from my husband’s office in down town Portland. This is again miniature setting. Isn’t that neat?_DSC0158

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!




  1. Except for the flight of the bees, your post today is full of sweetness of life:) The sweetest of them all I think are your grandchildren... they are so so beautiful:)

  2. Your malasadas look sooo delicious! That is so sad about the bees. I love that miniature setting. It's so cool!

    1. Thank you Jalna. Isn't that camera trick neat?

  3. You got me craving for doughnuts!

    1. Thank you so much Kankana. We indulged too much on these...oh no! look at the scale! It must be broken.

  4. I have to agree, the deep fried ones are truly addictive! I can't wait to try filling mind with this cream custard. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Amy! We try not have too many those but...so delicious!

  5. やばい~これはかなりはまりそう!カスタード入りも美味しそうだし、カロリー考えてたら食べれませんね。やっぱり食べる時は忘れて、美味しく頂きましょう(笑)。作って欲しい!パーチメントペーパーって油に入れても大丈夫なんですねー。くっつかない技、すごいいいアイデアです!覚えておきます。

    1. なみちゃんはダィエットなんか、考えなくてもいいでしょう? 私はこのごろすっかりおばさん体系なのよ。恐ろしいけど、でもやっぱり甘いものには手が行くのよ。 コメントありがとう!日本で夏バテしないようにね。

  6. No wonder these doughnuts are addictive... They look so soft and fluffy... luscious and so neat as if made by a professional confectioner. I have tasted many different doughnuts, from different countries and I always find it impossible to stop eating. I am not surprised either that the fried ones were better.
    I am so jealous of your shiso... My shiso seeds haven't sprouted for three years in a row. I tried outside, inside, in the sun, in the shade... I hope it's only because the seeds were old and not because shiso will never grow here.
    The lunch with your friend looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you Sissi. You're so sweet. I'm so lucky to have many shiso leaves here. I hard shiso leaves are good for loosing weight, I have to eat more.

  7. I'm delighted to read this post because I've always wanted to make malasadas at home. I'm currently living in Japan so I sometimes crave these pastries from home!