Sticky maple-glazed ham with baked apple sauce

Sticky maple-glazed ham with baked apple sauce

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 6 hrs plus overnight soaking (if necessary)


Serves 15 - 20
Slow-roast a whole leg of gammon with apple juice, then cover in a sticky spiced glaze for a Christmas treat - perfect sliced hot or cold

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (20)

  • kcal391
  • fat23g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein35g
  • salt0.6g


  • 1 whole unsmoked leg of gammon (about 4½ kg-5kg), on the bone
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise, plus 8-12 to serve (optional)
    Star anise

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  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 6 cloves



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  • 4 bay leaves
  • pared zest 1 orange



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  • 5 small apples (we used Braeburn)



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  • edible gold spray, to decorate (optional)
  • bay leaves, to decorate (optional)
  • pared orange zest, to decorate (optional)

For the glaze

  • 250ml maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

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

  • 50ml apple juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard


  1. If your gammon needs to be soaked to draw out some of the salt (ask your butcher), place in a clean bucket or a preserving pan and cover with cold water. Chill overnight, or for up to 3 days.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. If the ham has been soaking, drain it well and place in a large, deep-sided roasting tin. Pour in the apple juice and top up with 400ml water. Add the spices, bay leaves and orange zest. Cover the ham tightly with a few large sheets of foil, scrunching it around the edges of the tin so no steam can escape, then bake for 5 hrs. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a saucepan, then bubble until reduced to a sticky glaze. Score the apples around their equator with a small, sharp knife.

  3. Remove the ham from the oven and increase the temperature to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Carefully transfer the ham to a board – the easiest way to do this is to leave it to cool for 10 mins, then pop on clean washing- up gloves to lift it. Pour away the cooking liquid and discard the aromatics. Use a small, sharp knife to cut and peel away the rind, leaving a thin layer of fat attached to the meat. Line your roasting tin with a few sheets of foil and place the ham in the middle, fat-side up. Use a sharp knife to lightly score the fat in a criss-cross pattern. Return the ham to the oven and bake for 30 mins until the fat starts to crisp and caramelise.

  4. If the glaze has become a little thick, splash in a drop of water to loosen it, then brush all over the ham. Place the whole apples in the tin too, and return to the oven for another 20-30 mins, basting the ham every now and then, until dark and sticky all over.

  5. Before serving, mash the whole apples (discard the stalks, skin and pips) with a little of the sticky sauce from the roasting tin. We decorated our ham with star anise, sprayed with edible gold spray, and arranged bay leaves and orange peel around the board. Serve warm slices of the ham with the apple sauce, or cold in sandwiches. Will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge, or slice and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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21st Dec, 2019
I make this every Christmas & it’s incredible. I don’t faff about with the decoration though - people are too hungry. It’s our Xmas eve tea, and lasts all through the week. Makes Mac n cheese amazingly too!
5th Jan, 2019
This is an amazing recipe! I did it for Christmas this year, and have just made it again for a family dinner tomorrow. In both cases I'm serving it cold. I used a slightly smaller gammon (I was only feeding four) and reduced the time in the oven by about an hour, but otherwise, and unusually for me, didn't change a thing! The apple sauce is fabulous...but the ham is the star of the show. Have to admit didn't bother with the decoration. As for the left overs, sandwiches, a pasta bake and carbonara all benefited!
8th Mar, 2015
My sister-in-law cooked this last night for a dinner party and it was delicious. Can't wait to try it myself!
23rd Dec, 2014
I decided to make it not in the oven(because every time the meat is like a rubber) but in my multicooker Redmond, I was thinking that the ham gonna be soft and tender. And it's already done! Took me just 4 hours to finish everything, it smells delicious, will try it out soon. Thanks for the recipe!
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