12 Days of Christmas tips and tricks- Day 9! The perfect Ham glaze

Posted on December 09, 2016 by Jennifer Porter

For those of you planning on serving a Christmas Ham this year, this is the recipe for you! 

  • 1 whole bone-in ham
  • about 70 whole cloves

Brown Sugar Glaze

  • ½ cup soft brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or golden syrup
  • ¼ cup rum, pineapple juice or apple juice

Preheat oven to 150ºC. Place ham on a large oven tray and warm in oven for 10-15 minutes until the skin starts to loosen (this helps it peel off easily). While the ham is warming, make Brown Sugar Glaze by mixing together all ingredients.

Remove ham from oven and increase temperature to 180ºC. Cut through skin around shank then peel off ham skin by gently pushing your fingers between skin and fat. Discard the skin.

Use a sharp knife to lightly score the fat in diagonal crosshatches. Insert a clove at each of the points where the crosshatches intersect. Brush ham all over with Brown Sugar Glaze and bake until golden (about 1 hour), basting with remaining glaze as needed.

Serve hot or at room temperature. Store unused ham in the fridge wrapped in a damp muslin bag or a clean teatowel soaked in water or lemonade.


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