The Portuguese ranch family in my book, Only on Valentine's Day, serve malasadas at their family gatherings. During this Easter weekend, I wanted to share the connection between malasadas and Easter in Hawai'i.
Portuguese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands are predominantly from the Archipelogos of Azores and Mederira where most people are Catholic and observe Lent. In those areas of Portugal, the day before Lent is called Malassadas Day (spelled with a double s, unlike the typical spelling in Hawai'i). The little donuts were traditionally deep-fried in animal fat, so this treat was enjoyed before abstinence from meat and meat products.
Click on the link below to find out why Dani, the heroine in the book, reached for these treats when she wanted something sweet.
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