Make a special Ham this Christmas.


  • whole ham on the bone (about 6lb)
  • 5 dessertspoo (or 6) of homemade marmalade
  • 175 g brown sugar
  • 12 cloves


  • Soak the ham first for up to an hour. Put into a pot, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  • Allow to simmer for about 1 ½ hours and turn off the heat allowing the meat to cool in the cooking liquor.
  • Remove the ham from the cooking liquor and score diamond shaped lines into the fat. Stud the cloves into the layer of fat and put onto a baking tray.
  • Melt the marmalade gently. Pour the marmalade over, or brush unto the ham. Sprinkle with the Brown sugar.
  • Loosely cover with tin foil and bake in the oven at 150°C for about an hour or perhaps a little more, depending largely on your oven.
  • Take the tin foil off at this stage and turn up the heat for an additional 20 minutes until nice an crunch.
  • Rest the meat for an additional 30 minutes out of the oven before slicing.
  • Addtional Notes:
  • You can use honey or mustard instead of the marmalade.
  • If using a loin of bacon or a piece of centre ham without the bone you can reduce the original cooking time.
  • If desired you can boil the ham the day before and roast it on Christmas day.

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