Posted by: kauaikolea2 | February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras Hawaiian Style: Malasada Tuesday


Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday“) and Shrove Tuesday (“Confessing Tuesday”) are celebrated in various countries today, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season.  Traditionally, housewives prepared foods that would use up any fat or rich foods in their pantries in preparation for the 40-day fast.  Sometimes the day is called “Pancake Tuesday” because pancakes often were cooked to do just that — use up fats in the house.  In some regions, pancake races are held– with housewives running with skillets of pancakes, flipping them as they go.

Here on Kaua’i, we have Malasada Tuesday.

Malasadas, if you have never had one, are rich yeast dough balls that are deep fried in oil and rolled in sugar, just like doughnuts.  Like doughnuts, malasadas can be plain or cream filled (and often filled creams made with island flavors that you will not find elsewhere).  During the plantation days of Hawai’i, the women of the Portuguese community used up all the butter and sugar in their pantries in anticipation of 40 days of abstaining from sweets by cooking malasadas. While few plantations remain in Hawai’i, the tradition of malasadas continues.  Bakeries on the islands, including Kaua’i, gear up for a rush of customers, many of whom ordered dozens of malasadas in advance — to be sure of obtaining this tasty treat for their homes and offices.  Malasadas are available all year, but they seem to taste best on Malasada Tuesday.

Come visit us and try malasadas for yourself.  Remember our discount codes are good for any stay in 2012 if you book by March 31, 2012.  You can book directly at www.hulanow.com or 1 855 HULA NOW.

Wishing you warm Aloha!

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