Cooking with Kids: Christmas Carrots

A great way to brush up the humble carrot. Star anise adds a touch of Christmas spice to the sweet buttery glaze.


9 Medium Carrots, peeled, topped and tailed

250g/9oz Butter

150g/5½oz Sugar

3 tsp Salt

4 Star anise


  1. Use a clean scourer to smooth the carrots and remove any peel marks (optional).
  2. In a pan combine 400ml/14fl oz of water, the butter, sugar, salt and star anise. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and add the carrots. Cook until the carrots are tender (approximately 45 minutes) and the volume of liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Serve the carrots as a side dish with the reduced cooking liquid poured over.

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