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Classic Christmas Ham


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 45m


  • 5kg pre-cooked Christmas ham
  • 20-30 whole cloves
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsps bourbon
  • 2 tsps orange zest
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 cups water
  • Fresh herbs to garnish


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove the thick layer of skin from the ham and trim off any excess fat, leaving just a thin layer. Score the fat into a criss-cross pattern and stud the triangles with the cloves.

Step 2

Combine the maple syrup, bourbon, orange zest and brown sugar and stir until mixture forms a smooth glaze.

Step 3

Place the ham in a large roasting pan and spoon over half the glaze so the ham is generously coated all over. Pour 3-4 cups of water into the base of the roasting pan to prevent the glaze from sticking.

Step 4

Bake the ham in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Spoon over the remaining maple glaze and cook the ham for a further 15-20 minutes until it is golden and glazed.

Step 5

Remove the ham from the oven and set it aside to cool for 5 minutes. Place the ham on a platter and garnish with fresh herbs of your choice to serve.

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