Friday, November 12, 2010

Family Recipe Friday - Mama's Copper Pennies

While this is not the traditional recipe most people think of as Copper Pennies, this is the one my mother made. It was a sweet treat to make little girls eat more carrots! Mama used to tell us that if we ate "copper pennies" we could not only "see better... but you'll grow up rich!"

Funny how little girls are influenced and remember those simple little things Mama's did!

Here is my Mama's Copper Pennies!

2 pounds carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (12 to 14 medium)
1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt

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  1. Heat 1 inch water to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Add carrots and, if desired, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered 12 to 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  2. While carrots are cooking, heat brown sugar, butter, orange peel and 1/2 teaspoon salt in 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Be careful not to overcook or the mixture will taste scorched. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain carrots. Stir carrots into brown sugar mixture. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and gently, until carrots are glazed and hot.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

Yum! I am going to save this and give it a try soon!