This is the second recipe I tried for malasadas. I got it off of the Food Network website which says they got it from the actual Leondards bakery in Hawaii. I thought they tasted pretty darned good. The recipe originally called for two teaspoons of nutmeg, but that sounded like too much to me, so you'll see I reduced it to 1 teaspoon, and I think it was just right. Oh, and I did not shake them in cinnamon sugar, just plain sugar, like I remember in Hawaii.
Let me know if you try these!
Malasadas (Leonard’s recipe)
--adapted from Food Network who got it from Leonard's
• 2 teaspoon dry active yeast
• 1/4 cup warm water
• 1 tablespoon sugar plus 1/3 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 eggs, well beaten
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
• 4 cups KAF Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• Vegetable oil, for frying
• Cinnamon-sugar for coating (about 1/4 cup sugar mixed with cinnamon to taste)
In a medium bowl, combine the yeast with 1/4 cup lukewarm water and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix until the yeast dissolves then set aside for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk, vanilla, eggs, and butter and reserve.
In a large bowl, mix the flour with 1/3 cup sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the yeast and milk mixture into the well. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, forming a soft, smooth dough. Cover the dough with a clean towel and set aside to rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Punch the dough down, then with oiled fingers, pinch off pieces about the size golf balls. Place the dough balls on greased baking sheets. Cover the malasadas with a clean towel (or plastic wrap) and set aside to rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
In a heavy, high-sided pot, heat a bout 2 inches of oil over medium-high until the oil reaches 325 degrees F. Working in small batches, fry the malasadas until they are uniformly golden brown, 3-5 minutes per batch. Drain the malasadas on a plate lined with paper towels just until they are cool enough to handle then roll them in cinnamon sugar and serve.
Makes a lot of malasadas