Portuguese Culture Mixed With A Hawaiian Bakery Makes One Tasty Donut
No matter what donut is your donutwe know many people who can't go without ordering a Boston Creme or strawberry frostedwhen you're in Hawaii, you've got to get down with the local flavor. In Honolulu, the donut of choice is Portuguese confection called the Malasada, first cooked up at Leonard's Bakery after it opened in 1952.
While they are very similar to the Polish pączki in that they are sweet, filled donuts traditionally consumed on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent, a true Malasada however is not supposed to have any filling. It is a solid ball of fried dough, coated in granulated sugar and fed to the drooling patrons who flock to Leonard's. Because of the popularity of the Malasada in Hawaii, Leonard's has also begun serving Pao Doce (Portuguese sweet breads) and Malasada puffs.
But just when you think that Leonard's will forever remain one of those vintage hang-outs, one-of-a-kind and resistant to change, they break out with the Malasada Mobile. That's right; Hawaii has joined the ranks of places with trendy food trucks, and we can't wait to track it down. Apparently a popular parking location is the Windward Mall, but if you're hanging out at Waikiki Beach then why not head for the real thing? Leonard's Bakery is about 8 blocks up on Kapahulu Avenue.
· Leonard's Bakery [Official Site]
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