Friday, June 22, 2007
We're here! We're here!
We've arrived at the Temple of Temptation, Leonard's Bakery and their world famous malasadas.
"But, it's just a donut."
Shut your mouth before Pele gets mad and lava suddenly starts spewing beneath your feet. In fact, let me move over a few steps because I don't want any lava shrapnel coming my way in case you really pissed her off.
Leonard's and malasadas are synonymous and go hand in hand, just like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, etc.
The malasadas are a hole-less donut akin to a jelly donut, but oh so much more. They are fried to a deep golden brown and dusted in sugar. There is not a hint of oil to be found in one of these magical mounds of dough. They have a slight crunch to the outside and are light, airy and moist on the inside.
The chocolate malasadas are filled with a thick, rich creamy pudding with a deep chocolate flavor. The pudding is not overly sweet but has just enough sweetness to make you stand up and take notice.
The vanilla cream malasadas are similar to the chocolate malasadas but are filled with a vanilla pudding. Again, these malasadas are top notch.
If you are a coconut lover, the haupia malasadas are filled with a intensely flavored coconut cream filling. These tropical delights have Hawaii written all over them.
I'm not sure what makes the malasadas at Leonard's so special. Maybe they employ Menehune in the back to make and fry up the malasadas.
933 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816