Jun 03 2011

What is National Doughnut Day?

Category: Dates to Remember


National Donut DayNational Doughnut Day (National Donut Day) is celebrated on the first Friday of June every year to honor and remember the women (lassies) who served donuts to soldiers on the front lines during World War I. After the war, the returning soldiers (aka doughboys) brought back their hunger for the fried treats. National Donut Day was first observed in 1938 to raise money for The Salvation Army. Since then, many larger donut chains have jumped on the bandwagon and typically use the holiday to promote their latest donuts deals or even give donuts away for free. This year on June 3rd, 2011 both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts have promotions for Donut Day.

The Salvation Army Donut Recipe

  • 7-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lard
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 large cans evaporated milk
  • 3 large cans water
  • 18 cups flour
  • 18 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 teaspoons nutmeg

Add cream, sugar, and lard together, beat eggs, add evaporated milk and water. Add liquid to creamed mixture. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in large sieve and sift into other mixture. Add enough flour to make e stiff dough. Roll and cut. Five pounds of lard are required to fry the doughnuts. This recipe will make approximately 250 doughnuts.

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