Wednesday, 27 May 2015

MS Awareness day - dairy free brownies

Today is World MS Awareness Day.  

A very dear friend of mine has MS - as did my late Grandad. On their behalf, I'd love you to particpate in a mini bake-off for MS Awareness day. Bake your favourite brownie recipe, and comment below - tweet me @penjy using the hashtag #strongerthanMS and I'll retweet all I see. Today's post is written by that friend... welcome to the Pantry Hayley... I'll hand over to you now.

MS is a degenerative, neurological condition. There is no cure.  It can and does have a devastating effect on an individual and those closest to them, as we have discovered personally. 

 Fatigue, pain, cognitive difficulties, loss of mobility are some of the long list of symptoms that accompany MS, and the heartbreaking reality is, you never know when the next deterioration is coming. Life becomes a constant balancing act to manage relapses and to hold on to those times of remission.  

As is the case with most things, everyone is different and with the correct support; both social and medical, life can be made easier. 

Today is important for lots of reasons but crucially, we need to raise awareness so that a cure could be find, it might not happen in our life-time but for future generations, there has to be an end to MS in sight!

The UK based MS Society have been holding Cake Bakes all month and I have chosen one of my favourites  to make and share, and of course the only place to bake is in the Pantry (with ample supervision and guidance for someone who is culinary challenged to say the least)!.

I have chosen a dairy-free and soya-free recipe for two reasons. One is that lots of people with MS find that removing dairy, soya, wheat or gluten helps their symptoms. The other of course, is that despite Penny telling me otherwise, I’m a bit stubborn and wanted to make something she could eat too.  Not forgetting our connection with Brownies, of the yellow and brown kind.  

Please bombard us with photographs, we’d love to see you make our MS Awareness Day Brownies! Together we’re #strongerthanMS

S'more Brownies for MS Awareness

250g Self-raising flour
350g demerera sugar
65g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
200ml water
250ml vegetable oil
1tsp vanilla extract
200g mini marshmallows

Brownie pan - lined with baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
In a mixing bowl - combine the dry ingredients
Add the water, vegetable oil and vanilla extract
Pour the mix into your baking pan - stir in the marshmallows
Bake for 35-40 minutes in the preheated - we wanted our Brownies to be slightly gooey still as they were destined for pudding. If you prefer your Brownies more on the cakey side of things then cook them for about 45 minutes (cover the top with tin foil if you feel like it's starting to catch)

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