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Bake for Brain Injury week & Chocolate Brazil Brownies

Something a little different in this blog post, but an important one!

This week March 10th – 16th the Bake for Brain injury event will be running throughout Ireland in workplaces, homes and schools to raise money for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

This fantastic idea supports a great cause and is a great way to bring people together through baking.

Here is a little more information including my recipe for Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies, so get started on planning your Bake Break for this coming week!

Mario Rosenstock, Aengus Mac Grianna & Michael Darragh Macauley call on the people of Ireland to bake for Brain Injury
Host a Bake Break during Brain Awareness Week to help support the 13,000 Irish people who acquire a brain injury each year

Irelands leading gents Mario Rosenstock, Aengus Mac Grianna and Michael Darragh Macauley will be donning their aprons to brush up on their baking skills ahead of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s annual fundraiser Bake for Brain Injury which takes place from 10th-16th March.

Mario Rosenstock & Aengus Mac Grianna

Mario Rosenstock & Aengus Mac Grianna

The trio are calling on the people of Ireland to host a Bake Break at home, in their workplace or in their school during Brain Awareness Week to help raise funds for ABI Ireland’s services across the country. ABI Ireland provides community-based neuro-rehabilitation services and advocates for the 13,000 people who acquire a brain injury every year in Ireland.

“A brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere,” said Barbara O’Connell, CEO of ABI Ireland. “Whether you fall victim to an unprovoked assault or road traffic accident, suffer a blow to the head on the football pitch, or simply trip in your high heels on a night out, a brain injury is devastating and life-changing. We provide a personalised neuro-rehabilitation service to help those who acquire a brain injury regain their independence and live full lives in the community. Demand for services is constantly on the rise so hosting a ‘Bake Break’ with your friends or colleagues will help us make a big difference to the lives of those affected and their families,” she said.

Men are three times more likely to acquire a brain injury, with young men between the ages of 18 and 35 most at risk. Footballer of the Year and ABI Ireland ambassador Michael Darragh Macauley said:

“I’ve been supporting ABI Ireland for a number of years now because I’ve seen the good work they do and the difference their services have made, especially to young men my own age. The reality that it could happen to any of us really hit home with me and I believe the rehabilitation ABI Ireland provides should be available to anyone who may need it. We can make sure this service continues to deliver by getting involved and raising much-needed funds during Bake for Brain Injury.”

Register to host a Bake Break at or call 01 280 4164. All organisers will be entered into a draw to win a Ballymaloe Cookery Experience for two. Donations to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland can be made online. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BakeBreak.

About Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Established in 2000, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides community based neuro-rehabilitation services to those who have acquired a brain injury. The organisation helps rebuild lives that have been shattered by the trauma of brain injury, through placing a critical emphasis on client-centeredness, quality, effectiveness and value for money. Rehabilitation and clinical support are key aspects to the service.

Approximately 13,000 people suffer from a head injury in Ireland each year and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. People with acquired brain injury (ABI) progress at different rates, and may need to access services at different points in time as their needs change. Within each stage of rehabilitation a range of different service providers is involved, which must be coordinated. Once back in the community the emphasis is on more extended activities of daily living, integration, and return to work or education. Interventions focus on enhanced participation, improved quality of life, psychological adjustment and carer stress. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is filling a vital service gap, in collaboration with statutory bodies.


Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies

120g unsalted butter

120g Plain chocolate (I use 60-70%)

1 cup plain flour

Half cup white sugar

Half cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup Brazil nuts (crushed)

1 tsp Vanilla extract

Pinch salt


Grease and line a shallow baking tin (approx 6-8 inches) and preheat oven to 170’c.

Heat some water in a saucepan and find a comfortable fitting bowl to sit on top, making sure that the bowl never touches the water.

Place the butter and chocolate in the bowl and melt. Set aside when melted.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs then add the sugars, nuts, vanilla and the salt. Whisk well to ensure they are combined.

Stir the chocolate into the egg mixture and gently fold in the flour being careful not to over mix.

Pour into the baking tray and bake for approx 25 minutes- when you insert a toothpick into brownie, it should come out clean.

Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting

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