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Print Christmas carrots in a bag

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.

Ingredients

  • 8 good-sized carrots, peeled & chopped into 1cm diagonal chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 25g butter or a little oil
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  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.
  2. Put the carrots in a bowl, season well with salt and pepper and mix with enough oil or butter 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.
  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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