Follow the Scent of Sweetbread
Like most things in Hawai‘i, the treats one finds to munch on are as varied as the people who’ve come to live in these Islands. From the Portuguese, Hawai‘i has adopted the malasada (a hole-less donut typically coated in sugar) and sweetbread (loaves of sweet, soft bread) as dining staples.
Here on the Big Island, some bakeries have taken the sweetbread recipe to a whole new island-inspired level, with flavorings that include tropical fruits and taro.
In Hilo, check out Low’s International Food, or head south to Punalu‘u Bake Shop, the southernmost bakery on the island and in the U.S. You can also get malasadas filled with flavored creams like mango and lilikoi.
Punalu‘u Bake Shop is located on Route 11 in Na‘alehu. It can also be found online at www.bakeshophawaii.com.
• Punalu‘u Bake Shop (808) 929-7343