One of the wonderful things about flying is that one gets a different perspective on things, from above. This year, the promise of better weather remains elusive longer than usual, but above the clouds, you realize that it’s always sunny.
On a recent trip to Hawaii, we delighted in one of our favourite, but decadent and not-to-be-eaten-too-often, kind of doughnut: The Malasada. A Portuguese icon (mal-assada, meaning under-cooked), this denser version of its sister was introduced to the Hawaiian islands in the late 1800’s by the Portuguese workers who emigrated there to work in their plantations. Originally a recipe from the islands of Madeira, malasadas are usually eaten during Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, or more specifically, on the last day of the Carnival of Madeira.
My first bite of a malasada was during my childhood, when my mother had brought home this scrumptious chewy sweet from the local Portuguese grocery store. It was not until years later, on my trips to Hawaii, that I came across these doughnuts again. They tasted just like the ones I had eaten when I was growing up. While regular American doughnuts are ubiquitous, malasadas are rarer to find. For me, it is the ultimate doughnut treat.
Though Easter has passed, we can still indulge a little in this irresistible and unforgettable dessert, but only a little. Deep-frying anything is not a good idea, but one can forgive oneself (or convince oneself) for doing so when using this recipe. So, if you love doughnuts, try my “Madeira-Hawaiian Buttermilk Malasada.” I think you’ll feel as though you are in Hawaii, or perhaps Portugal.
And, if you like this recipe, venture into those featured in our “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside” coffee table travelogue cookbook, now in its third year! For those who love the coast, it’s a reminder to get out and enjoy it whenever we can.
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The Coffee Table Book on The Coastside:
“…a beautiful compilation and the confections look delicious!”
The Former First Lady, Laura Bush
This 288-page, full color, 5.5 pound, 11.5″wx10.75″hx1.13″d, hardcover coffee table book was printed in Verona, Italy on 170gsm Gardamatt paper, each image spot varnished for vibrance, crowned by vivid Matte Laminated cover and silk-screen spot-lettering on the Jacket and Spine of the book, and finally bound in none other than Padua, Italy, the center of book-making!
For those who love the Art of Print, they will appreciate the high quality of this beautiful photographic landscape and dessert document of our Pacific Northern Coastside.
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Having spent hours taking photographs amidst empty beaches, beneath towering Cypresses, and overlooking endless bluffs, I am reminded by that insightful Shakespeare, who wrote, “Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”
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