For 'National Doughnut Day,' The Salvation Army's Original Recipe

Jun 3, 2011

We must note that today is the 73rd National Doughnut Day — a celebration of tasty goodness that honors the work done by the Salvation Army and the "lassies" who made doughnuts for soldiers in World War I and World War II.

If you hit a Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and some local stores, there could be a free doughnut for you (Dunkin Donuts requires a beverage purchase; Krispy Kreme does not). And Salvation Army workers may be on hand to take donations.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army also offers this little bit of doughnut history — the "Salvation Army Lassies' Doughnut Recipe":

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 'saltspoon' salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 C milk
1 T lard


-- Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
-- Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
-- Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
-- When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
-- Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

[Note: The Salvation Army says a "saltspoon" is 1/4 tsp of salt.]

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