Salvation Army Lassies’ Doughnuts

Feel like stepping back in history? This is the original recipe used by the Salvation Army’s corp of volunteer women referred to as the Lassies. Maybe you’ll hear the roar of cannons and the blast of mortars while replicating the doughnuts enjoyed by our front-line troops in WWI France.

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Whatcha Need:

5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 C milk
1 Tub lard

Whatcha Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
  2. Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  3. Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
  4. When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.