Epic Malasada Failure Strikes Leonard's Bakery

Epic Malasada Failure Strikes Leonard’s Bakery

If you love Leonard’s Bakery in Honolulu for its specialty creamy custard-filled malasadas as we do, you’re in for some bad news. Leonard’s just announced that “The boiler we use to make our creamy custard fillings is currently broken which means we are temporarily unable to serve our Malasada Puffs.

The famed Honolulu bakery said that the parts for the equipment repair will take 3-4 weeks to arrive. Then add some “Hawaii-time” and it could literally be months for them to return.
To keep track, we suggest you head to Leonard’s Facebook page where they are providing updates.

Story of Leonard’s malasadas.

These are amazing Portuguese doughnuts that were first introduced in Hawaii by plantation workers in the late 1800s. They are believed to have come from the Azores and Madeira islands. They have become an intrinsic part of Hawaii’s culture a sought-after treat year-round. Differentiating malasadas is their egg-rich dough, which is by tradition first fried and then coated with sugar. The modern interpretation has added creamy custard fillings, among other things.

The inimitable Leonard’s Bakery has been in business since 1952 and is considered quintessential Hawaii. It’s worth stopping by, even if they don’t have the custard-filled doughnuts, or if you don’t like doughnuts at all. It’s an institution in Honolulu.

Leonard’s was founded by the grandson of plantation immigrants who arrived on Maui in 1882. It is to this day run by Leonard Jr.’s children. You’ll find them at 933 Kapahulu Avenue; just look for the crowd. You can also find them at other locations. Do add Leonard’s to your things to do in Honolulu list.

Did you know about Malasada Day?

Yes, there’s an annual holiday called Malasada Tuesday. It’s the same Shrove Tuesday (day before Ash Wednesday) that’s also known as Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras. On that day you will want to arrive at Leonard’s very early since there will be lines around the block.

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38 thoughts on “Epic Malasada Failure Strikes Leonard’s Bakery”

  1. My dear mother-in-law (may she rest in peace), taught me how to make malasadas (her parents were from the Azores). I never thought about putting custard in them though. Here’s hoping that Leonard’s is back up and running soon.

  2. Thank you for the malasada report. Do you know if all the Leonard’s locations are not able to make the custard malasadas? Appreciate your reply, Lori

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