Pennies from Heaven
The expression means an unexpected windfall of good fortune. But at first these glazed carrots were anything but a windfall of good flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
Pennies from Heaven is a Depression era dish of orange-flavored, glazed carrots with apricots and cinnamon designed to look like newly minted pennies. It sounds promising but most recipes gave us washed out flavors, chewy bits of apricots, and sticky-sweet glazes. We found that simmering the carrots in orange juice infused them with orange flavor throughout. We then added the apricots to the simmering liquid for two reasons: They plumped in the orange juice as the carrots cooked, and they lent the final glaze a pleasant apricot flavor. Finally, we added just enough sugar to glaze the carrots but not enough to make them overly sweet.