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Baked Christmas Ham with Brown Sugar & Mustard


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 24:00 h
  • Cook Time : 3:30 h
  • Ready In : 27:30 h

It’s typically the Christmas centrepiece on family tables all around the country, so what better way to kick off the festive season.


  • 4-5kg raw smoked Christmas ham
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 90g soft brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp whole grain mustard


Step 1

Place the raw ham in a large, clean bucket. Add enough water to cover and soak overnight, or up to 24 hrs ahead, changing the water twice.

Step 2

Heat oven to 180oC. Drain and place the ham in a large roasting tin, cover tightly with heavy foil and bake for 3 hrs.

Step 3

Remove the ham from the oven and turn the heat up to 200oC

Step 4

Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the rind off the ham, leaving about 1-2 cm of fat; cut a diamond-shaped pattern into this. Stud the ham with whole cloves on both sides.

Step 5

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and mustard, then rub all over the ham. Roast for 30 mins until the ham is tender and the outside nice and sticky. Carve with a sharp knife in thin slices and serve with bread sauce.

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