Portuguese immigration to Hawaii began in 1878. However, the importation that began that year of laborers from Madeira and the Azores to work in the sugarcane plantations rapidly increased the Portuguese presence in Hawaii, and by the end of 1911 nearly 16,000 Portuguese immigrants had arrived. Native Hawaiians called the Portuguese immigrants who came to their country "Pokiki."
Even today there are many Portuguese foods widely available in Hawaii. Even a visit to McDonalds in Hawaii, you’ll find linguica, chourico and sweet bread. And you will find malasadas at all the local bakeries. One popular Portuguese tradition in Hawaii today is the making of Pao Doce (sweet bread). This sweet bread recipe is the best bread I have ever made. This recipe has the influence of the Hawaiian people by ingredients that were readily available in Hawaii. Enjoy!
This recipe makes a large single loaf. It is also adapted for a bread maker machine. You can let the bread machine do all the work on the "dough" setting.
Portuguese rice pudding, or Arroz Doce, is one of the most popular and traditional desserts in Portuguese cuisine. It is a unique dish with simple ingredients which are combined to create a deliciously sweet and creamy egg based rice pudding.