Our Original Doughnut Recipe

American soldiers during WW1 couldn't resist Salvation Army doughnuts. They eventually earned themselves the nickname "doughboys."

For all you National Doughnut Day celebrators, we have a special treat for you! As promised, we’re posting an original Salvation Army doughnut recipe, just like our “doughnut girls” used to make them on the front lines for American soldiers during WW1.

Try them out and let us know what you think!

SALVATION ARMY 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 slowly. 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! This recipe yields approximately 4 dozen doughnuts, so invite some friends to help eat!