Thursday, June 3, 2010

Food History +

Do you need a days notice so you can prepare for Friday's National Donut/Doughnut Day? Me neither!
I found this info:

"National Doughnut Day is not a creation of the snack-food industry but actually started in 1938 as a fund-raiser for the Salvation Army. Women of that organization started America's complicated love affair with the doughnut during World War I. As part of their effort to bring a little bit of home to U.S. troops in France, the Salvation Army served coffee and doughnuts. We couldn't confirm that the doughnuts were actually fried in metal helmets, but it makes a nice story."

Famous Salvation Army Doughboy Doughnut
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
(additional 5 lbs. lard for frying)

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. Yield: approximately 250 doughnuts
I don't think any of us will use that recipe but it is interesting and I love food history.

I found out:

Krispy Kreme: All customers receive a free doughnut. No purchase necessary.
Dunkin' Donuts: Free doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.
LaMar's: All customers receive a free Ray's Original Glazed doughnut. No purchase necessary.
Shipley Do-Nuts: Free glazed doughnut with purchase until noon
LaMar's is where SLK takes the grands in the mornings after a sleep over. Good stuff.

This may be a fun summer trip for you and the kiddos. Hope you enjoy.
Now here's the plus +: I've been popping in occastionally on the blog French Essence. Todays pretty photo really grabbed me. You just might have an extra moment to look. I'd love to be walking around this French town.
And The Inspired Room does inspire me and is usually a feast for my eyes.
Just sharing.


Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Looks like a great recipe!
Loved your family pictures in the last post...Cute!
Thank you for all your visits. You always make me smile :)

Becca and fam said...

I love La Mar's, but I never knew they gave you a doughnut for free! I did know that about Krispy Kreme's though. My favorite doughnut shop is in WV, where I grew up. It's open 24 hours and has one of the few (La Mar's has these too) cream filled bar doughnuts. Love the history, thanks!

Camille said...

Wow, 5 cups of lard, that's enough to scare me away! lol

Cute blog you have and what an adorable family


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