The Salvation Army is known for many things, emergency disaster services, feeding the hungry, and red kettles during Christmas, but did you know that we have a famous donut recipe?
During World War I, the Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Salvation Army workers provided spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies, becoming a link with home and family.
The Salvation Army Donut Lassie Recipe
Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts
Modern Version - Yields 15 donuts (Food Network.com)
This modified version of the traditional donut recipe is somewhat more appropriate for the modern home chef.
Reserve 1/4 cup of the flour for the board. Combine the remaining flour with the baking powder and set aside. Cream the shortening, 1/2 cup of the sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add milk and well-beaten egg and stir. Then add the flour-baking powder mixture. Work into a soft dough and roll onto the floured board into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. Cut into the desired shape and fry in the oil, heated to about 375 degrees F. Turn donuts frequently while frying. The fat should be hot enough to give the donuts a rich golden-russet color in 3 minutes. While hot, roll donuts in remaining sugar. This recipe will make about 15 good sized donuts.
Yield: 15 donuts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Ease of preparation: intermediate