May 14, 2011

Malasada Bread Pudding - and my 100th Post Giveaway!

Malasadas just seem to call my name. I know that they are not good for me but I am helpless to resist.  Here in Hawaii these little bundles of yeasty goodness are rolled in plain sugar, cinnamon sugar, or li hing sugar.  They are also available filled with coconut (haupia) custard, chocolate custard, vanilla custard, or the flavor of the month - which at the moment is banana custard.  I like mine plain and rolled in regular (white) sugar and my favorites come from Leonard's Bakery on Kapahulu Avenue, just a short drive from Waikiki.  In Hawaii Shrove Tuesday is known as Malasada Tuesday and sales more than triple on this day.  They are also a staple at school fairs, and some schools are quite famous for their individual recipes.

Malasadas are also know as Portuguese donuts. They are made from a yeast dough, have no hole in the middle, and are deep-fried in oil. Tradionally they are rolled in granulated sugar, but variety is the spice of life and there are many different routes you can go with these. They are at their most delicious whilst fresh and still hot.  On the rare occasion when you have leftovers, do what I do and make Malasada Bread Pudding.  I based my recipe on one that I found here, but I do not put in any raisins, dried cranberries, or chocolate and I make my custard with a combination of cream and milk.  I really would love to try making Malasadas myself.  I have a few different recipes that I can try, so when I find one I like I will post about it.  Until then I will keep lining up at Leonard's for my treats.  If you do not have somewhere nearby that sells malasada's then you can definitely make this recipe using regular sugar donuts.

And a Giveaway!
As this is my 100th post I wanted it to be something special.  On my recent visit to Australia I purchased a few items that I thought would make a fun giveaway and also give the winner a little taste of Australia.  The items I am including are:

1x190g bar of Cadbury Crunchie Dairy Milk Chocolate
1x150g jar of Vegemite
1x52g bar Cherry Ripe
1x200g packet of Buderim Naked (uncrystallized) Ginger
1x165g packet Tim Tams - Dark Chocolate Mint
1x175g packet Tim Tams - Dark Chocolate Rum & Raisin
1x200g tin Milo
1x200g packet Minties
1x350g Foster Clark's Custard Powder
1x85g packet Aeroplane Jelly - Port Wine Flavor
Delicious magazine - June 2011
Australian Good Food magazine - June 2011 issue

I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, leaves me comments, and sends me emails but since this giveaway is sponsored just by me I have to limit it to the United States only.  I promise I will try to do an international giveaway soon with similar items.  To enter the giveaway simply leave me a comment.  Of course I would love if you started following my blog or liked me on Facebook, but this is more about me saying thank you, so leave me a comment and you are in the draw.  I will close the entries at 9:00pm on Friday, May 20.  I am using the number generator at to choose a winner, and I will have the box in the mail the next morning.

We have a winner!
The winner of the box of goodies from Australia - as well as a couple of bonus items from Hawaii - was The Kitchenarian.  Congratulations!  Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by my blog.  As previously mentioned I will try and do another giveaway in a few months with either Hawaiian or Aussie goodies and this one will be worldwide.

Malasada Bread Pudding
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

  • 6 day-old malasadas
  • ½ cup raisins, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips (optional)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup white sugar, plus more to sprinkle
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
  • a pinch of nutmeg, plus more to sprinkle
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Break malasadas into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan or individual ramekins. 
  3. Sprinkle with raisins, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips (optional).
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs, add cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. 
  5. Add milk, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until malasadas are covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with additional sugar and nutmeg.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
Based an a recipe found here.


  1. yummy looking bread pudding
    congratulations on the 100th post

  2. This is a really yummy recipe. And your giveaway is very generous. Lots of things many of us would like to try.

  3. Congrats on your 100th post!! This is a wonderful way to celebrate... those malasadas look delicious!

  4. The pudding looks scrumptious! This is a "sweet" giveaway! (pun intended!) Congrats on 100 posts and here's to 100 more! Come on over for one of my giveaways, too ~ I'd love to see you there!

  5. mmm..what a sinful bread pudding! I am now looking forward to Malasadas when I visit Hawaii at Christmas time! mmmm!!

  6. The Shrove Tuesday tradition in Hawaii is the same in all Polish households around the world...except it's called Pacjcki Day and the the rolls are filled with jelly; the rolls are similar to Bismarcks. So, no matter where you are, you can make this bread pudding! I'll bet it would also be good made with Hawaiian Bread or Hawaiian Rolls which are available in most grocery stores stateside.

  7. What an absolutely sensational pudding to share with us on your 100th post! It looks utterly wicked! Great looking giveaway. Congratulations!

  8. Congrats on your 100th post! That bread pudding looks amazing!!

  9. Wow! Malasadas sound SO yummy...and even yummier incorporated into bread pudding. Congratulations on your 100th post...looking forward to the next 100!

  10. I've never had masaladas but it sounds as if they would make a PERFECT bread pudding! And CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS on your 100th blog post!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Felice, we found malasadas on our 2007 trip to the Islands, and I must say, it's a good thing there's no malasada shop here in central Texas! However, we have kolaches that cause the same trouble, er, call to my inner sugar gremlin. Hard to resist!

    I may try to make this pudding with King's Hawaiian rolls that are available here. Could be so yummy! I'll let you know how it turns out...

    P.S. I miss the Spam musubi too.

  12. Wow! Congrats on your 100th post! What an accomplishment! You have a great thing going here on your blog - I always love stopping by! And what a generous giveaway! Thanks! :) ♥- Katrina

  13. Aah, my other comment didnt post... I love and miss Malasadas from Leonards so much. Felice your post made me homesick. =) Congrats on your 100th post~

  14. I would be helpless too against those Malasadas and that bread pudding. Congrats on 100, wow doesn't time fly.

  15. Now this looks amazing dear! I just love your recipe and photos are beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day!

  16. Congratulations on your 100th!! This recipe looks like a wonderful way to celebrate.

  17. Congratulations on your 100th post...looking forward to the next 1000!
    the bread pudding sounds so great. It makes it impossible to resist.
    thanks for sharing Felice! hope you'll have a wonderful week

  18. Congratulations on your 100th post! It's a lovely milestone and I'm looking forward to more! :)
    p.s. being European I don't qualify for the giveaway, but just wanted to say congrats :)

  19. Being Canadian, I can't enter - but I wanted to leave a comment to congratulate you on your milestone!

  20. I wish I could try malasadas! They look dangerously addictive, and I can only imagine how awesome they can be in a bread pudding. Congratulations on your 100th post!

  21. This looks delish! I'm going to try it out for sure! Congrats on 100 posts :)

  22. 100! Congrats! This looks DELICIOUS!!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  23. Being Canadian, I can't enter. But good luck to all those who do!

  24. This is a great looking recipe! And what a generous give away. We recently went to New Zealand, and loved it - What a great part of the world! Have a great day!

  25. This bread pudding is so interesting and looks amazing! I went to NZ a little over a year ago and miss it so much. Hope to go back and visit Australia, too. Congrats on your 100th post! :)

  26. Yum!! Bread pudding is my new found addiction, looks great!

  27. Congrats on the 100th post! This bread pudding looks delicious as well. Would def love to win that bag of Aussie goodies too!

  28. Congrats on your 100th post! Very exciting. The bread pudding looks delicious!

  29. would love a chance to try some "treats" from australia.

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  30. We had Malasada's from Leonards on our recent trip to Hawaii!! They were sooooo good. I can only imagine what this bread pudding tastes like! Congrats on our 100th post!!

  31. Congrats on your 100th post! Your bread pudding is gorgeous!

  32. I've never had a malasada! Looks like I'll have to return to the islands to have an authentic one!!
    Funny, I've seen the word "haupia" before, but never knew it had anything to do with coconut!

  33. Ah.... and I forgot to say congrats!!!

  34. Congratulations on your 100th post! I love reading your blog to get the flavors of the islands,and Australia! Great bread pudding. I'll have to go back to the Islands, to make this wonderful bread pudding;)

  35. It is going to be my 100th post tomorrow! Congrats on this milestone!! And the pudding looks great!

  36. This bread pudding is great to celebrate your 100th post. Congratulations! It's a big milestone!

  37. Congrats on the post. I can think of nothing better to celebrate it than with malasadas! What a great recipe!

  38. Thank you so much to everyone for their warm wishes on my 100th post. No more comments will be eligible after this, and I will announce the winner of the giveaway first thing in the morning and have the box of goodies in the mail.

    I really appreciate everyone taking the time to leave a comment, even those who are outside the US. I will try to do another giveaway soon, and open it up to everyone.

  39. Sorry I missed the deadline for the giveaway. I really like that you said the giveaway was more about saying "Thank You". That was ultra cool. This is a pretty darn good recipe too.

  40. Oh my goodness. I want this!!!!!! Looks soooo amazing. Congrats on your 100th post!!


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