Salvation Army's Famous Donut Recipe
The Salvation Army is known for many things. But, did you know that we are credited with popularizing the donut in America? We even have a famous donut recipe.
During World War I, Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers. Rations were poor so the idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer and comfort. Try out our recipe for yourself using the instructions below.
The Salvation Army Donut Lassie Recipe
Yield: 4 doz. donuts
2 large eggs
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tablespoon salt
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 donut circles, be creative! Salvation Army Donut Lassies 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 donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
- When browned, remove donuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
- Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.