Today is National Doughnut Day. A day our country sets asides to honor the tasty treat that was served to the troops during World War I. Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June.

Searching for more information on this deep fried treats, I came across an article from June 25, 1942 dealing with an explanation of what a doughnut is. The writer starts with informing the reader on the difference between a doughnuts, fried cake and cruller.

A doughnut is spherical in shape, made of raised dough; a fried cake is in the shape of ring made from batter not dough; and a cruller is made by rolling the fried cake batter into a rope shape, folding it on itself, then twisting it.  All three are deep fried.

After the discourse on doughnuts, fried cakes and crullers, the writer shares the recipe for doughnuts used by the Salvation Army since the Great War. The recipes yields 250 donuts. The writer notes that housewives and cooks will know how to reduce this recipe to make doughnuts at home.

Krispy Kreme waitress Ellen Lynott holds a tray of fresh doughnuts at the company’s shop on Wyoming Avenue in September 1999. Times-Tribune Archives

Here is the recipe as it appeared in the Scranton Times:

7 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup of lard, 9 eggs, 3 large cans of evaporated milk, 3 large cans of water, 18 cups of flour, 18 teaspoons of baking powder, 7 1/2 teaspoons salt, 9 teaspoons nutmeg.

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 a stiff dough. Roll and cut.

Five pounds of lard are required to fry the doughnuts.

For those who would like to try to make this recipe at home, here is a reduction chart from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln – Food Extension – http://food.unl.edu/fnh/reduce-recipe-size .

Here are the links for more information on where you can score a free donut –

National Donut Day – Dunkin’ Donuts – Free classic donut with the purchase of beverage

National Donut Day – Krispy Kreme – Free Donut

National Donut Day – WalMart – Customers can receive a free glazed donut by visiting the store’s bakery (while supplies last)

National Donut Day – Edible Arrangements – customers can receive a “Fruit Donut” – a cored Granny Smith apple covered in chocolate.  There is Edible Arrangements located in on Rt 6 near Sheetz in Dickson City.

Save a cruller for me,

– Brian