Several years ago I decided as a goal in life, to become a doughnut connoisseur. I wanted to "master" the doughnut and open up my own doughnut shop. Original? No... but fresh, natural doughnuts does sound good, doesn't it? At first I wanted to call this doughnut shop "O'Henry's" mainly because I wanted to tagline to be a reference from Gilmore Girls when Rory says "More twists than O'Henry!" That line satisfies the English major in me and both the television geek in me. I would stick with it, except for the fact that O'Henry is a famous candy bar.... but I digress. After a couple failed attempts at some doughnuts recipes, fried, baked and all that - I stopped making doughnuts. The inside was either undercooked, or the outside too brown, the texture wasn't soft and airy... I could go on. Finally on a whim, I bought Seattle's Lara Ferroni's doughnut book. You may have remembered the sour cream doughnuts I blogged about here. Those were okay. These basic raised doughnuts, however, are AMAZING. Unfortunately the lighting was particularly bad when I photographed these, so, you'll have to bare with the instagram look.