Malasadas: Mmmm…Donuts

Where can you find a “bakery” attached to an auto repair store? The Big Island of Hawai’i, of course. 🙂

But better yet, where can one find a “Malasada” while getting your car’s oil changed? Only one place really…at Baker Tom’s in Papaikou.

Never had the opportunity to try these delectable delights? Malasadas are no-frills, no thrills just darn good local eats. How could you possibly go wrong with fried dough rolled in sugar?! Traditionally a Portuguese style donut, I do my hardest to go on a malasada binge whenever I visit the islands.

Fried Dough? Goooood. Filled with Tropical Flavors? Goood. Seriously-it’s a WIN-WIN situation!

During our visit Isaiah’s cousin, Dave, raved about Baker Tom’s malasadas–and as he’s quite the donut aficionado with his own blog ( I knew we had to give it a try! So on one gorgeous morning on the Big Island we ventured down to Baker Tom’s to grab a box of malasadas to bring back to the house.

True to form, the open store front was attached to an auto repair shop. Why not, right? 🙂

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to chat with Baker Tom though his Mom and Dad were staffing the front of the house. And due to a large bread order that morning, they didn’t have any of their infamous Peanut Butter & Jelly malasadas on hand. However we did grab a mixed box of the following malasadas: Canadian Bacon, Lilikoi, Strawberry, Cherry, Apple…and even grabbed a cinnamon roll. As they handed over the heavy box over to us, I instantly caught the luscious aromas of freshly fried dough. Heaven. And yes, the box was still warm. 🙂


Tasty Loaves of Bread

Once back at the house, we cut the malasadas in half so we could try multiple flavors. The dough was absolutely wonderful—light, crispy, yeast-y, and not the least bit greasy. Perfect. With the exception of the Canadian Bacon malasada, each were lightly dusted with sugar–great flavor and texture addition. Of the fruit options, the Lilikoi was my favorite. As for the Canadian Bacon, it was akin to a Ham and Cheese croissant with Canadian Bacon and Cheese wrapped inside. All of them perfect to enjoy with a hot steaming cup of Kona Coffee.

Cherry Malasada (left), Canadian Bacon and Cheese Malasada (Right)

Next time we visit, I’ve got to try the PB&J and the Jalapeno Malasada–and so should you! 🙂

Baker Tom’s
27-2111 Mamalahoa Hwy
Papaikou, HI 96781
(808) 964-8444


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