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Malasadas (The Best Recipe)

Malasadas - sweet, light and fluffy Portuguese donuts. The easiest malasadas recipe ever, fail-proof, delicious, just like Leonard's Bakery in Hawaii.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: American Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Malasadas
Servings: 24 malasadas
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Bee Yinn Low


  • 1 packet active dry yeast 1/4 oz. or 2 1/4 teaspoons or 7 g)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups scalded milk
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 8 large eggs beaten
  • oil for frying
  • sugar for coating


  • Dissolve the yeast and the 1 tablespoon of sugar in warm water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar and salt and make a well in the center. Add the milk, butter, eggs and yeast mixture.
  • Beat thoroughly to form a soft and smooth dough. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Heat oil to 350 °F (176 °C).
  • While the oil is heating up, shape dough into flat round discs, pulling the dough outwards and leaving a small indentation in the center (see picture below).
  • Place the dough into the oil and fry until browned. Drain on paper towels, then shake in a bag with sugar.



Scalded milk is milk heated to a near boil. It makes the malasadas fluffier and and lighter.
Adapted from: Pinterventures


Serving: 24malasadas | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g