National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. "donut") — an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day. In 2009, both independent doughnut shops and large national franchises offered free doughnuts in the United States.
The Salvation Army's "doughnut lassies" continued that service during World War II and cemented the doughnut's place in the American diet.
If you want to try duplicate the doughnut lassie's work in your kitchen today, The Salvation Army is providing their original recipe.
Click their original to go to their site.
If you are not in the mood to celebrate National Doughnut Day in the kitchen, try heading down to your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts.
Krispy Kreme is offering a FREE donut to all customers at participating locations.
At participating Dunkin Donuts, customers will get a FREE doughnut with the purchase of a beverage.
Here's a recipe for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:
Mix together ingredients for glaze. Melt butter in hot milk, add 1 tsp. sugar and salt. Allow to cool.
Beat in yeast, nutmeg, eggs, remaining sugar, and 3 cups flour.
Add rest of flour (dough will be sticky).
Knead for 5 minutes, then allow to rise for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Roll out dough, cut into shapes.
Do not re-roll dough, then allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
Heat oil to 365 degrees and fry 1-2 minutes on each side until brown.
Toss in doughnuts holes first, let those cook, and then proceed to
let them cool on a paper towel - helps get the glaze to stick.
Dip in warm glaze