Baked glazed ham 2016

Baked glazed ham

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 hrs, 45 mins

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8 generously with leftovers

This is a true Christmas centrepiece and an essential for any traditional dinner. Simple and effective, with just five ingredients to a festive favourite

Nutrition and extra info

  • in slices
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free

Nutrition: per serving (10)

  • kcal858
  • fat40g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre0g
  • protein76g
  • salt9.6g
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  • 1 raw smoked gammon on the bone (about 5-6kg), rind left on
  • 100ml maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 200g apricot jam
  • 300g light brown soft sugar
  • 12 whole cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Put the ham on a wire rack or trivet set over a large roasting tin, pour in 480ml warm water and cover tightly with foil. Put the ham in the oven, immediately reduce the heat to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for 5 hrs.

  2. Meanwhile, put the maple syrup, apricot jam and brown sugar in a heavy-based pan and stir in 50ml water. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  3. Take the ham out of the oven. Increase the temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Open the foil, being careful of the hot steam. Remove the rind from the ham by inserting a sharp knife under it at the opposite end to the knuckle bone, gently lifting it away from the fat (try to keep as much fat on the leg as possible so that it will protect the ham and stop it drying out).

  4. Decorate the ham by scoring the fat with a knife to make large diamond shapes, taking the knife from one corner to the other, then making parallel scores 4cm apart. Repeat in the opposite direction. Put a clove in the corner of each diamond. Brush the ham with the sugar mixture, pushing it into the scores with the brush.

  5. Return the ham to the oven, placing it back on the trivet over the water. Bake for a further 45 mins until deeply coloured. Serve hot or cold. Will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

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11th Dec, 2017
This is by far the most amazing ham I've ever eaten, much less cooked. I did it with a smaller, boneless piece of gammon ham with the same timings here and it was literally falling apart. The only change I would've made for my one would be to do the second (uncovered) cook much less, as the outside really bakes up if it doesn't have that fatty covering. Just keep an eye on it and you'll be fine.
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