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Friday, 19 August 2011

WWI Donut Recipe by Adele Miller

The Original recipe for donuts as made by the Salvation Army Lassies in WWI. Why not try them as a fundraiser for your corps?

WWI Donut Recipe - Makes approximately 15 - 20 donuts

4 cups plain flour
1½ tsp salt
½ tsp butter
4 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg


Put flour in shallow pan, add salt, baking powder, and Sugar.

Rub in butter with fingertips.

Add the well beaten egg and milk and stir thoroughly.

Toss on floured board,  roll to one-fourth inch in thickness, shape, fry, and drain.

Nowhere does it say what to do with the cinnamon and nutmeg.

When I made them I mixed it with super fine (caster) sugar and used it to 'dust' the donuts with after they were cooked. Much to my surprise these turned out very well and tasted pretty good!! A little on the heavy side perhaps, but there were none left a day later!

Note: I have had some comments regarding this recipe concerning the amount of butter - or rather the lack of it! :-) To save any confusion, no, this is not a typo on my part. Butter was a scarce commodity during WWI and therefore they used what they had, in this case not a lot! Believe me, the recipe does work and the picture above is of the donuts I made by following the above recipe.

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