Friday, June 1st: Chocolate glazed, plain cake, cream filled … Today is the 75th NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY. Annually, the first Friday of June, the Salvation Army celebrates Doughnut Day to honor the women, the “Lassies” who served doughnuts (or donuts) to soldiers during World War I. The day started in 1938 as a fundraiser inChicago. The Salvation Army’s goal was to help the needy during the Depression and to honor the “Lassies”.

Soon after entering World War I in 1917, around 250 Salvation Army volunteers went toFranceto help out in the canteens, or socials centers called “huts”, that were established near Army training centers. The huts were manned by six staff members and served baked goods, provided writing supplies and stamps, and provided a clothes-mending service.

Huts near the front lines were established in abandoned buildings. The volunteers found it difficult to provide fresh baked goods from these facilities. Two volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, had the idea to serve doughnuts. The doughnuts were extremely popular. According to Wickipedia.com: Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”

Many doughnut chains participate in National Doughnut Day and offer free doughnuts, often with the purchase of a coffee, to celebrate the day. Doughnuts are easy to make from home; you don’t need to go to a doughnut shop. (Although, as I write this I just finished my cream filled doughnut from our local doughnut shop!) Here are dozens of delicious make-them-yourself donut recipes. Gather the family around and whip up a few tonight. Cooking together in the kitchen is a good family-bonding activity. http://www.recipegoldmine.com/breakdonut/breakdonut.html

Want some even easier recipes? These recipes get their start with canned biscuit dough. Check them out. What could be easier? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/canned-biscuit-dough-donuts-and-holes-recipe/index.html

Now, I’m off to go grab that chocolate glazed doughnut that’s waiting for me in the kitchen. Happy Doughnut Day everyone!

June 2012

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