leonard’s malasadas in honolulu

When I’m on vacation, I don’t count calories. And you can’t in Hawaii, because the local treats never tend to be good for you.

I’ve really lost my sweet tooth in the last 5 years.  I’ve had a few root canals and to be honest, it cured me of my love of sugary things…. But today I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite donuts.. It’s technically a malasada and of Portuguese origin. You can find them at Leonard’s Bakery, which is a mandatory stop every time I’m in Honolulu.  The donuts are served up warm with all the loose bits of sugar that cling to your fingers.  I’ve been a bit of a purist, not welcoming any kind of filling in my malasada, but this year Brent convinced me the custard filling is worth a try. The day we went to Leonard’s, Brent was also home from Boston and I think even he will admit, distance makes the heart grow fonder…Malasadas at Leonard's Bakery in HonoluluThere are also monthly flavors, so you’re looking at the passion fruit filling.  I wish it had a little less inside, so the gooey filling didn’t overpower the donut.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still delicious. My advice, buy at least two while you’re there.
Lilliokoi malasads at Leonard's BakeryWhat’s the best donut you’ve ever eaten? I’d love to know where we can find your favorites!

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  1. Michele

    Just enjoyed reading that while coincidentally enjoying a clementine donut from Doughnut Plant. Still could taste the custard though.

  2. E, I haven’t had a Downyflake in a long time (must get to Nantucket!), but it’s right up there. Ohh- coffee an’ donut, that sounds just perfect on this rainy, dreary day.

    Speaking of must-visit destinations: Patricio confirmed that the Azores are home to the malasada, so that’s just one more reason to go!

  3. Better than Downey Flake in Nantucket? These look divine, I am almost tempeted to run to Coffee An just to get my donut fix right now.

  4. Oh man…I could definitely go for a custard-filled malasada right now! Especially when it’s cold and rainy outside. I think it’s time to start booking my next trip home…And yes, distance does make the heart grow fonder.

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