Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Kerrie Christmas3 - Baked Ham

 We have a lot of people over on Christmas Day, so we need a biggish ham.  It is served  at lunch and then made into sandwiches for dinner. It makes a fantastic centrepiece if you are happy to carve at the table. The glaze adds a nice coating to the outside of the ham, use marmalade, I like a sweet variety or cumquat or you could use apricot jam with some orange zest. Orange juice could be substituted for the pineapple juice.

We have too many people and I prefer to slice it and serve it on a platter, usually with the hock end for decoration.

I really like these half hams, great when you want the ham on Christmas day but do not want it for the next two weeks or you need something that will serve up to eight people. Get boneless or bone it out as I have. It makes it easier to carve on the day.

Glaze for the Ham

1 cup pineapple juice
3 tablespoons marmalade, I like a sweet variety or cumquat
1 tablespoon French mustard

Place mustard and marmalade in a small saucepan, mix well.
Slowly stir in the pineapple juice.
Place on the stove and simmer until mixture is thick and syrupy.

To Make a Baked Glazed Ham

You need
I ham or half ham
whole cloves, optional
1 qty of the glaze, if very large ham you might need to double the glaze
1 cup sherry or water

Remove the thick skin from the outside of the ham and the bone if you want., retain the fat. If there is a lot of fat trim some away.

Cut fat into a diamond pattern and place a clove in the middle of each diamond.

Place ham in roasting dish. Spoon / brush the glaze over the ham. Retain some of the glaze for serving.

Pour the sherry or water into the roasting tray. Bake at 160 Deg C until hot. I allow an hour for a small ham/half ham and two hours for a large ham. You may need to add more water or sherry to the roasting dish

Cover with foil if getting too brown/burnt. Do not worry if it gets a little crispy.

Remove from oven and brush with some more of the warmed glaze. Keep warm, allow to stand for ten minutes and slice.

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