Cut the carrots to the shapes of your choice, and bevel the edges.
Put all the seasoning ingredients into a pan and add sufficient water to cover the carrots.
Simmer for about 15 minutes over a moderate to low heat until softened. Poke with a bamboo skewer to check for doneness.
When the carrots are cut on the larger side, the liquid may evaporate before they are cooked through. In that case, add more water but not the seasoning.
Story Behind this Recipe
The glazed carrots were served on the side with hamburger steaks in restaurants I frequented as a child. I used to think that carrots naturally tasted that way. I tried to recreate the taste according to my memory. Nowadays, glazed carrots are a must whenever I make hamburger steaks at home.
Cut the carrots in rounds or any way you like. You can cut them out into stars or hearts with cookie cutters to encourage children who are not keen on carrots.