This Friday, bakeries and famous donut stops like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts will celebrate in unity, National Donut Day by offering free, delectable, round, nuggets of goodness!
The history behind this delicious day goes back to WWI, when The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” would drive up in canteens to where our soldiers were fighting and provide them with donuts, stationary, stamps and a clothes mending service. It was difficult to obtain freshly baked goods so close to the front lines, so Salvation Army volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purivance came up with this concept of making donuts, rolled flat by an old wine bottle and fried in the helmets of soldiers, to help sweeten the lives of those serving to protect our country.
Then, in 1938, the first Friday in June became recognized as “National Donut Day” by The Salvation Army in Chicago as a depression-era outreach initiative and pays tribute to The Salvation Army women volunteers, called “Lassies,” who prepared donuts for thousands of homesick soldiers during World War I.
Today, in 2013, there are many ways you can enjoy “Donut Day” and help make a difference in the lives of Others here in Nashville!
- On Friday, June 7th, stop by your local Krispy Kreme for one FREE donut
- On Friday, June 7th, stop by any Dunkin Donuts and receive a FREE donut with the purchase of a beverage
- Now thru June 7th, stop by your local Kroger or favorite grocery store and pick up a box of Entenmanns donuts and “like” their Facebook page, where for each like, they will donate $1 to The Salvation Army
- As you enjoy your FREE or purchased donuts, click here and make a donation to The Salvation Army in Nashville, where 82 cents of every dollar goes to programming for youth, senior citizens, homeless outreach, GED classes and much more……
Want The Salvation Army’s Donut Recipe? Here it is, compliments of The Food Network:
3/4 cup lard
3 large cans evaporated milk
3 large cans water
18 cups all-purpose flour
18 teaspoons baking powder
7 1/2 teaspoons salt
9 teaspoons ground nutmegDirectionsCream sugar and lard together in a large bowl. Add and beat eggs into mixture. Combine evaporated milk and water. Add water mixture to creamed mixture. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in large sieve and sift into wet ingredients. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Roll and cut. Five pounds of lard are required to fry the donuts.This modified version of the traditional donut recipe is somewhat more appropriate for the modern home chef.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 level teaspoon salt