National Donut Day is about more than just eating donuts though. It turns out that the day is intended to honor the Salvation Army women of World War I, women who braved the front to bring fresh baked goods, writing supplies and more to the lonely, homesick soldiers in the trenches. Apparently donuts were the easiest to make and divide, besides being extremely popular, so the women became known as “Doughnut Dollies.” In fact, there are even stories of these women frying donuts with soldier’s helmets for pans. Some stores today use National Donut Day not only to advertise and sell more donuts, but also to donate to Salvation Army.
When I was looking up information on this day, I saw far too many pictures of donuts, but my wonderful husband took pity on me and looked up this recipe for baked donuts. He had them cooked in no time, and, man, am I spoiled! Of course, they are more like sugared biscuits than traditional donuts, but they sure are delicious!
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”