Friday, June 5, 2020

NATIONAL DOUGHNUT (DONUT) DAY: History & Salvation Army Lassies' Doughnut Recipe

National Doughnut (Donut) Day is the first Friday in June. This year it falls today on Friday, June 5. National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

National Doughnut Day celebrates the doughnut, an edible, ring shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. This holiday event began in 1938 as a Chicago Salvation Army fundraiser for much needed funds during the depression. The day also recognized special women known as "Doughnut Lassies" who made and served doughnuts to homesick WWI soldiers in France, since doughnuts were thought to be the quintessential American food. Here's a song from a 1918 songbook celebrating doughnuts in WWI.

A doughnut’s just a doughnut, boys, ’til you are “over there,”
And day and night you’re in a trench away in France somewhere;

You get a fresh-made doughnut, seems it comes from heaven above,

That doughnut, boys, reminds you of a slice of mother’s love.”

Doughnuts are popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from flour dough, and shaped in rings or flattened spheres that sometimes contain fillings. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types.

Traditionally here in the U.S. there are lots of free doughnuts on Doughnut Day. You'll need to check since many donut shops are closed because of the coronavirus and protests and just plain economics. In the past, Krispie Kreme gave out one free doughnut of any kind, no purchase necessary. LaMar's Donuts in Colorado and the Midwest offered one free doughnut per customer. Dunkin' Donuts had a buy any beverage and they'd throw in a complimentary doughnut.   Tim Horton's had a coupon on their Facebook page for a free doughnut with any purchase in U.S. locations. Entenmann's Bakery donated $1 to the Salvation Army for each person who "liked" the Entemann's Facebook page . Search for other free donuts and celebrations in your town! Let me know what you find. Post a comment below.

Here's the original  SALVATION ARMY LASSIES’ DOUGHNUT RECIPE . Not sure about the lard, but it's the original recipe, after all, so historical.

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1 Tub 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.

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