Tulsa Craft Mafia

Apple Pecan Muffins by Brigid
February 13, 2010, 2:49 pm
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for sugar-lovin’ folks like me, that means baking! Perhaps you want a nice treat for your lovey in the morning. If so, why not whip up a batch of these tasty, almost-healthy muffins for your muffin!

First off, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 350 and grease a muffin pan. Then you’ll need to peel and chop 1.5 cups of fresh apple. This ended up being one large-ish apple for me, but the yield will depend on the kind you use. If you don’t have pre-chopped pecans, chop ’em up yourself, anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup. Set all that aside.

Now, in a large bowl, combine 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

In a smaller bowl, beat 1 tablespoon of Ener-G egg replacer with 4 tablespoons of water. (Or, you know, you could use two actual eggs, but I don’t play that way.)

Once that’s all combined and fluffy, add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Now beat it, just beat it . . .until it’s smooth and creamy. Then add it into the flour mixture.

This is very important. Now you will take a gigantic spoon and stir just until the two are combined. It might be a little lumpy, but that’s OK. You never want to beat muffin batter into submission. The end result will be dense instead of fluffy. Just so you know, this batter gets incredibly thick. If you just can’t stand it, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water, but it’s totally not necessary. Alrighty, once all that is just barely combined, fold in your nuts and apple chunks.

Now spoon it into the prepared muffin tins. Fill them about 3/4 of the way full. Throw them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick (*coughoraforkcough*) inserted into the middle comes out clean. Makes 12 drops of muffiny goodness.

This recipe comes from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.


Breast Impressions by Brigid

Once again, the Tulsa Craft Mafia and Indie Emporium have teamed up with Breast Impressions to help support women in our community with breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On October 3, visitors to Woodland Hills Mall can receive pink ribbons between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Tulsa Craft Mafia members as well as area Girl Scouts. Indie Emporium is also a sponsor of this year’s gala.

The thing that has made Breast Impressions known is the annual auctioning of beautifully decorated bust casts. The casts are made from real models, including media personalities, local business owners, entertainers and other community members who want to lend a hand (or a pair of boobs, as the case may be). Then a local artist takes the cast and creates a work of art using a variety of media. In the past, several of the TCM ladies have served as models. I’m very excited to have been cast for the first time this year. I’m even more excited about what Christine, the brains and beauty behind Indie Emporium and Weather and Noise, has created from the plaster. Behold!


Now tell me that isn’t one talented lady. To view all the other casts, click here and scroll to the bottom. The page also has information on buying tickets and all the other events going on throughout October. Make sure to head out to Woodland Hills to view the casts on display. The gala will take place at 7 p.m. on October 25. You won’t want to miss it for your chance to view all the casts and put in a bid on your favorite one. All proceeds go to benefit Tulsa Project Woman. Tickets are $25. I hope to see you there!