Just prior to WWII, the government formed the "Nutrition Division", which was a board of "experts" who began experimenting and educating the public on nutritional standards of the time. This is also about the same time that the government began mandating the fortification of grains to boost the nation's overall health standards. (Keep in mind that this is post "Depression" era.)
If you look at the above poster included in the slides, you'll be intrigued to see that, (for a short period of time), a donut company was actually advertising donuts as a "healthy" food item, by using the "enriched" flour we still have today!! Wow, have things changed since 1942! Obviously, by no means are donuts healthy, but are a definite "treat" to make on the weekends or for special occasions, so give this old recipe a try! And, if you're really feeling nostalgic, try some "clever" ways of cutting or prepping your donuts, ( much like the lassies had to improvise and find clever ways of making theirs!)
** Also, please remember that not only is "National Donut Day" an opportunity to support your local Salvation Army, but it's a day to remember these amazing women who volunteered in WWI through Vietnam to help our soldiers overseas during very dark times in our history. It is also a day to reflect on how many of our men were lost on June 6th, 1944 when our armed forces stormed Normandy beaches, France from air and sea in WWII.
Yield: 4 dozen
5 t baking powder
1 "saltspoon" salt
1 3/4c milk
1 tub lard (or oil for frying)
1) Combine all ingredients to make dough.
2) Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 in. thick. (When finding items to cut out donuts, be creative like the "Donut Girls"! Use a cup, cans, etc.)
3) Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
4) When browned, remove donuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
5) Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool, and enjoy.
Recipe courtesy of: salvationarmynorth.org