Put all the ingredients in a bread machine. Let the machine handle it until the 1st rising is completed.
Deflate the dough, round it off, cover with a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel and let rest for 20 minutes.
Deflate the dough again gently. Roll out to a thickness of about 2 cm and cut into squares with a pastry cutter. (This is the shape that was in the movie I mentioned). You can use a cutter too!
Leave to rise again (2nd rising) for about 1 hour. They'll puff up like clouds.
Deep fry until golden brown. If the oil is too hot they'll burn, so watch out! (Although they won't turn hard.) Fry slowly and patiently.
Coat with granulated sugar while they are still hot.
You're all done. Now you have square malasadas like the ones in the movie.
This version is formed into balls, just like the malasada you get in Hawaii.
Story Behind this Recipe
When I watch the movie "Honokaa Boy," I couldn't stop craving these. I modified another recipe to make just the right amount.
Adjust the amount of milk depending on the flour you use and the temperature. These are so light and fluffy that you may eat too many. If you double the recipe you can use up one egg, so I recommend doing that.