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It’s Mardi Gras (That Means Doughnuts Around Here)

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on March 3, 2019 21:56

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Mardi Gras is celebrated a bit differently here in the islands and I get pretty excited about making doughnuts.

While everyone is getting ready for the festivities with beads and fun masks, our house is gearing up for Shrove Tuesday with preparing for Malasadas Day. That’s right. The Portuguese doughnut gets its very own day here in the islands as we celebrate the start of Lent.

The funny thing about modern Malasadas Day is that I’ll shop for the sugar and oil to make it. This is completely contrary to the purpose of Fat Tuesday – to get rid of all the fat and sugar in the house in preparation for the Lent fast. While my ability to maintain the fast through Lent will certainly be challenged, my love for making my family’s recipe is both a pain and pleasure.

It will all start on Monday evening as I prepare the yeasty dough. Then up early to heat the oil and get things started. In Hawaii, Malasadas Day is a big deal with doughnuts bought and delivered everywhere. Few still make them. In fact, my own family scoffs at the thought of dealing with the grease and sugar in the kitchen cleanup. 

But that is okay. I happen to love traditions and I happen to love my grandmother’s malasadas. She’s too old to make them herself, so the tradition will live on with me. That is an honor worthy of a greasy kitchen to make deep fried delectable treats. I’ll probably remain oblivious to the parades, dancing and strings of beads found everywhere.

It’s one of the few days Facebook followers will see my post of food. Cousins from around the country will be sad they couldn’t have a taste and reminisce about early mornings at Grandma’s house getting first dibs on doughnuts. Even though they can’t have them, it’s nice to know that the family bond boils down to some hot oil, fried dough and a pound of sugar.

To the sweet joy of Mardi Gras. Malasadas will be served starting at 6 am.

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on March 3, 2019 21:56

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