Swedish Christmas Ham

Julmust and Mustard Skinka, as the Swedes call it.


  • 1 kg ham
  • 2 l julmust or cola
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tblsp black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf

For the Topping:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tblsp mustard
  • 1 tblsp sugar
  • 3 tblsp fine breadcrumbs


  1. Place the ham in a large pot and pour in the julmust/cola along with the onion, peppercorns and bay leaf. If the liquid doesn't reach the top of the pot, top up with water.
  2. Bring to the boil and then simmer steadily for 40 minutes per kg.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, mustard and honey and set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  5. When cooked, remove from the liquid and allow to cool slightly before removing the skin, exposing the fat.
  6. Spread the mustard mix over the top of the ham and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  7. Place the ham in a roasting tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing thinly to serve.


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