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Christmas Honey Roast Ham

Introduction & method

You can make this ham any time of year, but it looks especially festive at Christmas. It's brilliant served as part of a main meal, but also thickly sliced in sandwiches.

Christmas Honey Roast Ham Recipe

Boil the Ham

Place the ham in a large pan and cover it with cold water. Bring it to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer it for 5 minutes. This will remove some of the saltiness from the ham.

Discard the water, wipe the inside of the pan clean, put the meat back in, cover with cold water and bring to the boil again. When it is boiling, turn the heat down low, cover with a lid and simmer for 3 hours, check ocassionally to make sure the ham remains covered in water.

Glaze and Bake the Ham

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F). Remove the meat from the cooking water and place on a chopping board. Cut diagonal lines through the skin about 2cm (almost an inch) apart. Turn the ham 90 degrees and make another set of cuts so you end up with a pattern of squares.

Put the ham into a roasting tray and generously brush it with sherry. Melt the sugar and honey together and brush this mixture over the meat. Now stick one clove into the centre of each square of skin and put the meat in the oven for about fifteen minutes.

Now pull the tray out of the oven and baste the meat with the glaze. Do this every 5 minutes or so (turning the meat occasionally too) until you've built up a glistening golden coating.

After 15-20 minutes, your Christmas ham should be done. Serve hot or cold.

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Ingredients & Info

 2.5 kilos gammon ham
 2 tbsp sherry
 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
 2 tbsp honey
 1 tsp cloves

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 1 ham
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 3.5 hours.
Total time: 3 hours 50 minutes.