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Baked Cola Christmas Ham


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 8
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 3:30 h

A fantastic recipe: sweet and sticky ham baked in cola.


  • 3 kilo(s) Unsmoked Gammon from the thick end of the Leg, deboned and rolled
  • 4 litre(s) Coke
  • 1 Onion, Halved
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 6 Black Peppercorns
  • 15 Cloves
  • 4 tablespoon(s) Clear Honey
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Ground Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) English Mustard Powder
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Demerara Sugar


Step 1

Place the gammon in a large deep pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then drain.

Step 2

Return the gammon to the clean pan and pour over the cola, topping up with cold water to cover if necessary. Add the onion, star anise and peppercorns.

Step 3

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 3 hours or until the ham is cooked through. Remove the ham from the liquid and leave to cool.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Once the ham is cool enough to handle, carefully remove the skin using a small, sharp knife, leaving a good even layer of fat. Score the fat in a diamond shaped pattern and stud each diamond with a clove.

Step 5

Mix the remaining ingredients and brush generously over the ham. Put it in a tray and bake for 20-30 minutes, basting 2-3 times with the remaining glaze, until fabulously sticky.

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