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Christmas carrots in a bag

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Christmas carrots in a bag

Side Serves 4 35 min
A theatrical technique that seals in the flavour and lets the veg cook in its own moisture. You'll need baking parchment and a stapler.


  • 8 good-sized carrots, peeled and chopped into 1cm diagonal chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a little oil
  • salt and pepper
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Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. To make the bag, spread out a rectangle of baking parchment, about 60x30cm, with the longer side towards you. Fold it in half from left to right. Double-fold the top and bottom ends and staple the folds closed with two staples.
  • Step 2

    Put the carrots in a bowl, season well with salt and pepper and mix with enough oil so that the seasoning sticks to them. Tip all the ingredients into the bag with a dash of water. Double-fold the open edge of the bag and staple in both corners and in the middle.
  • Step 3

    Lay in a roasting tin and bake for about 30 minutes; the bag should puff up. Turn out into a bowl or open at the table like a big bag of crisps. Watch out for the staples!

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