While commonly associated with Hawaii, malasadas are actually Portuguese donuts, which are fried up until golden brown, rolled in sugar or cinnamon-sugar, then sometimes filled with delicious fillings like haupia (coconut pudding), chocolate, or vanilla custard. Light and fluffy on the inside and fried to perfection, if you haven't had a Portuguese donuts yet, add 'em to the list because they're a definite must!
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
2 cups white sugar
Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/4 cup warm water; set aside.
In small bowl, beat eggs until thick.
Put flour in large bowl, making a well in the center. Into the well add yeast, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, milk, 1 cup water, and salt. Beat thoroughly to form a soft, smooth dough. Cover, let dough rise until doubled.
Heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop dough by big teaspoonfuls into oil, fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, shake in a bag of sugar to coat, and serve hot.
Optional: add cinnamon to your sugar for coating.
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving): 88 calories; 3.3 g fat; 13.2 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g protein; 16 mg cholesterol; 40 mg sodium.