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Sweet Carrot Pudding with Brown Sugar Drizzle Recipe

Sweet Carrot Pudding with Brown Sugar Drizzle Recipe
New York Times crosswords are my religion and editor Will Shortz is my deity. My day isn ’t complete without his puzzle, and a meal isn ’t whole until I’ve eaten a dessert-like side dish alongside a main course of chicken, meat or fish. Here are a few clues that reminded me that the proof is in the ____(7).

1. It’s said Howard Hughes measured every one he ate. (6)
2. Heroin manufactured illicitly in Mexico. (10)
3. To overwhelm with brilliance. (6)
4. Cannelle, fr. (8)
5. Color skin turns after a spray-on tan (6)


Carrot Pudding
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
11/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
21/2 cups coarsely grated carrots (5-6 carrots)

Brown Sugar Sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
11/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract


1) For the carrot pudding, preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch round or square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

2) In an electric mixer, cream butter with brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, orange juice and vanilla. Combine until well mixed.

3) In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together. Add flour mixture and grated carrots to butter-sugar mixture. Mix just until flour disappears making sure not to overmix the batter. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake 32-35 minutes or until golden around the edges.

4) For the brown sugar sauce, in a medium saucepan, whisk brown sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in water and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium, whisking constantly until sauce is smooth and has thickened slightly, 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla. Serve drizzled over pieces of carrot pudding.

Serves 6-8

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