Prompted by a post in another thread, I stopped by the Boniere Bakery this morning to check out their hot cross buns. But right next to the sign for hot cross buns there was a sign for malasadas. I've heard of them but never had one, so I had to try one. This version was kind of free-form (reminded me of a smaller version of a donut shop apple fritter), with a dark, crunchy exterior liberally coated with cinnamon and sugar. The inside was moister and fluffier than a donut -- it melted in my mouth, leaving a subtle perfume of orange (apparently some versions of malasadas include orange zest). I know everything fried is better hot, but this was pretty darn good at room temperature. A steal at 50 cents, too. Since I'm not a morning person, it didn't occur to me to ask how long they'll have them, but presumably through Easter.
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