Oh yes , there is not one born Azorean that does not know or never had a few of these.Growing up these pastries if one can call them that, where served not only on Shrove Tuesday but also on other special occasions only, it was always a treat to have a few of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malasada
It used to be an almost competition between the families as who had the best tasting malassadas. Over the years the Azorean made ones seem to be the best ( do you think I might be a bit biased? ...hummmmm ... I think not ! )
During our visit to Ontario recently we had the pleasure of having theses puppies on two occasions. Both made out doors.
Recipe wise my mother in law would to to kill you if I gave it way. Check the link above ,one might get some ideas