Honey Glazed Ham, Fresh Parsley Sauce

The perfect Christmas ham.


  • 2.50 kg ham
  • 20 cloves
  • 30 ml treacle
  • 30 ml golden syrup
  • 400 ml honey
  • 150 g butter
  • for the parsley sauce:
  • ¾ pint milk
  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g flour
  • 1 veg stock cube
  • 1 bunch flat parsley


  1. Prepare the ham by scoring the surface with a sharp knife. Stud the ham with the cloves spaced apart evenly.
  2. Line a baking tray with tinfoil to avoid unnecessary mess.
  3. For the glaze simply mix all the remaining ingredients together and warm up in a small pot.
  4. Glaze the ham liberally and bake in a pre-heated oven at 165°C for 1hr 30mins basting every 10mins with the remaining warm glaze.
  5. For the last 5 minutes of baking turn on the grill and allow the glaze to colour evenly.
  6. Remove from the oven, allow to rest for 5 minutes and serve.
  7. To make the parsley sauce simply heat up the milk in the microwave to just before boiling point.
  8. In a small saucepan melt the butter, add the flour and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes over a low heat.
  9. Gradually add the hot milk whisking continuously until it reaches a nice sauce consistency.
  10. Crumble in the stock cube and season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Keep the sauce warm and just before serving add the freshly chopped flat parsley.
  11. Top tip: To prevent Ham drying out, don’t remove the ham from the stock until it’s cold


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