Our Original Doughnut Recipe

Friday, June 4, 2010

For all you National Doughnut Day celebrators, we have a special treat for you! As promised, we’re posting the 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!

Reason to Celebrate – Today is National Doughnut Day!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Salvation Army is celebrating the 72nd annual National Doughnut Day today!

We have a variety of events taking place across the country, including free doughnut giveaways – yum!

Why do we make such a big deal about doughnuts? The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty treat during World War I. For more background on our past with the pastry, click here.

We’re celebrating National Doughnut Day in partnership with doughnut vendors and shops nationwide, and we’ve listed below just a few of these many partner events taking place across the country today and Saturday. We hope you can make it out to the exciting celebrations in your local area. You won’t want to miss out on the festivities!

* Chicago, IL: Donors can help The Salvation Army “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” on June 4th and 5th, 2010. Fundraisers will be on the streets handing out commemorative Doughnut Day tags to donors to help support feeding programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need. Local celebrities will be participating in events and providing entertainment at the James R. Thompson Center on June 4th from 11 AM – 1PM.
* Cincinnati, OH: The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati will host games and other activities, in addition to providing free doughnuts and drinks on June 4. The event is in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association and Bakemark, an international supplier of baking supplies to independent doughnut shops,
* Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to renovate The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter in West Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also be providing free doughnuts and coffee to veterans and their families from across Southern California from 7:00 to 8:30 AM on June 4.
* Vero Beach, FL: The Salvation Army will be handing out free doughnuts from a mobile canteen at the new Dough Boy’s Donuts and Bagels in Vero Beach from 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Video: Honor Society’s Final Thoughts on their Salvation Army Experiences

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It’s finally here! You’ve been following videos, photos, and posts of Honor Society’s experiences with Salvation Army programs across the country while the hit band rocked out on their Here Comes Trouble tour.

Now Alex, Michael, Andrew, and Jason have released their final video with original footage and personal commentary as they reflect on their Salvation Army experience as a whole and the moments that most significantly impacted them.

The Salvation Army is incredibly thankful for the support of this talented band and all the hard work they put into volunteering with our programs! They made it a top priority to learn more about the people and communities they served and encouraged their fans to get involved as well. Who else can say they’ve done that while in the middle of a national tour?!

Thank you, Honor Society, for a great partnership!

Get Ready for National Doughnut Day

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chocolate, glazed, strawberry with sprinkles, jelly filled, Bavarian crème, French cruller, powdered sugar, blueberry cake…

What kind of doughnut will you choose in celebration of National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 4, 2010? Since the day does only come once a year, maybe a sampling of several flavors is in order.

As you think about which tasty pastries will make the cut, think about this: did you know National Doughnut Day originated with The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army first celebrated it in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. The special day also served as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during World War I.

As our young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried doughnuts for the boys.

These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.

The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”

Visit our blog tomorrow for a list of fun Salvation Army National Doughnut Day celebrations taking place across the country, as well as our original doughnut recipe!