Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Saint who Made Doughnuts

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There are special people who affect lives across decades and Lucille Chamberlain is one of those. If you read the newspaper article above, you can get a feel for who she was and how she affected thousands of school children lives.

Lucille was an incredible person. It is difficult to tell of her accomplishments; she cooked at Nebo school from 1946 to 1984. Think about 250 meals a day times nearly 40 years, and then one can get a picture of her dedication.

Lucille was perhaps most famous for her doughnuts which she prepared to sell at any special event to raise money for the cafeteria. This amounted to 40 dozen doughnuts each time. Knowing from experience, there was always a mad rush to buy them after any school event. They sold out quickly.


This is Lucille Chamberlain's recipe for her famous doughnuts:

2 pkgs yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 tsp. salt
8 to 8 1/2 c. flour

Put in a cool place overnight after kneading it good. Next morning let it rise once. Roll dough and cut with doughnut cutter, and let rise double in size. Fry in deep fat cooker; fry until brown and then flip over to the other side. Glaze with powdered sugar and water icing.

To make cinnamon rolls: After kneading and keeping overnight, roll out dough and spread butter over it. Then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture and fill with filling. Then roll in a long roll. Cut into sections and place in a greased pan. Let rise until double in size.  Bake at 375 deg. until filling is "bubbling" and top of rolls are browned and hard.

Filling: 1 c. sugar, 4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 lb. butter, 1 c. brown sugar

I remember her so well, can hear her laugh. Say her name to residents of Nebo, and every single one will remember her and smile, saying Her doughnuts were amazing!


The recipe is simple, as you can tell. But, it was the hands that kneaded the dough who made the doughnuts special. Lucille was amazing.


43 comments:

  1. You pay a loving tribute to her. She must have been a remarkable woman.

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  2. Helping others is one of the most important and fulfilling things that we do in life. Chamberlain sounds like she was a special person. Making donuts and cinnamon rolls is a wonderful way to help people.

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  3. An unsung hero, who is getting some of the recognition she deserves.
    A life well lived.

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  4. It is encouraging to read about such caring people. She was incredible and showed what could be done with determination and love for others. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I am so pleased that bloggers have enjoyed hearing about Lucille.

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  5. A simple life, but one that was well lived and touched thousands of people over the years.

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    1. She was a farmer's wife, had a few children who grew to be fine people.

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  6. she sounds like a remarkable woman. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! (And for your visits, too.)

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  7. A lot of schools were blessed by ladies just like her. For me and mine, it was the Ladig sisters-in-law. Good memories. Never have found a Swedish Meatball that compares.

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    1. It always seems that they have their speciality.

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  8. So many true unsung heroes that are finally getting some recognition.

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  9. It sounds like Lucille was born to be a cook and loved what she did. I remember the school "tuckshops" we had, where a child could order a lunch in the morning and collect it at lunchtime. We didn't have lunch rooms with cooks etc like you have in the USA. Most kids brought their lunch from home, ordering from the tuckshop was a treat and no food was cooked there except for the warming of bakery delivered pies, pasties and sausage rolls.

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    1. It appears that there was some touch of the homemade there.

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  10. I can't get the image to show, even though I refreshed twice. However, I will admit, after reading about Lucille, she sounds like an incredible woman. You paid her great homage.

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    1. The images are from local newspaper and couldn't copy well.

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  11. What a good story about an amazing dedicated lady. This kind ofperson is what makes life GOOD!
    It is amazing that a person can do that job for so long. I cannot imagine the planning, just the doughnuts alone would be too much for me.
    It is so sweet to read of people of this character.
    Sherry & jack
    PS Also thanks for the tip on increasing the size, I tried the - sign and contrl and it went down SWEET thanks.

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    1. There are people in communities around towns like Lucille, just not recognized.

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  12. That's a lot of donuts! Lucille surely loved what she was doing.

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  13. she was truly a special person dear Susan !
    glad you shared the recipe

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  14. It really makes you feel good when someone so deserving but often over looked gets the recognition she deserves. What a woman.

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  15. Sounds like a very special woman. Now I want a doughnut!

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    1. Go forth. The closest I have had are Krispy Kremes.

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  16. I'd like to taste her doughnuts.

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  17. She must have loved what she did.

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  18. Ah, the good ole days when people had a work ethic. I love Lucille. I admire and appreciate all folks today who have a good work ethic and care about their community. Damn hard to find.

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  19. Now you're making me hungry! Thank you for sharing Lucille's legacy.

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  20. Cafeteria staff are the unsung heroes of the education industry, no doubt.

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    1. Oh yes. My memories of elementary meals are so good.

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    2. Those folks work hard and they're as devoted to the students as anyone. Our food service helps needy families through the summer, too.

      They're also great about letting me use their dishwasher for my recorders!

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