Small Gestures Can Make a Big Difference

by larisa
Categories: Hope stories

    From the battlegrounds of war to the front lines of poverty, The Salvation Army is known for giving hope in a time of crisis. National Doughnut Day, held on the first Friday of June, honours The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies”, who boosted the morale of soldiers during the First World War.

    During the First World War, The Salvation Army sent more than 250 volunteers to France where women set up huts to serve baked goods, provide letter-writing supplies and mend clothes for the soldiers. One volunteer said, “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts and 700 cups of coffee.”

    If you’d like to join us in recognizing the lassies of the past and the heroes of the present, the recipe for The Salvation Army’s doughnuts used during the First World War is below.


    The Famous Salvation Army Doughnut Recipe

    5 C flour
    2 C sugar
    5 tsp. baking powder
    1 ‘saltspoon’ salt (1/4 tsp.)
    2 eggs
    1 3/4 C milk
    400 ML of vegetable oil



    1. Mix ingredients together to make the dough
    2. Thoroughly knead dough
    3. Roll Smooth
    4. Cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick
    5. Drop the rings into the vegetable oil until doughnuts are browned
    6. When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess oil to drip off
    7. Dust with powdered sugar

     Let cool and enjoy!