The original doughnut wasn’t at sweet as we have it today, and it wasn’t glazed.
** 1918 Doughnut Recipe
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
5 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (a.k.a 1 “saltspoon”)
1 3/4 cups milk
1 tub lard
Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4-inch thick.
Drop the rings into the hot lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drop off.
Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.
Grin … if you don’t have a ‘tub of lard’ feel free to use shorting or oil to fry your doughnuts.
*When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative. 1918 Salvation Army Doughnut Girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.