Christmas Ham

Make a special Ham this Christmas.


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


  1. Soak the ham first for up to an hour. Put into a pot, cover with water and bring to the boil.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 1 ½ hours and turn off the heat allowing the meat to cool in the cooking liquor.
  3. 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.
  4. Melt the marmalade gently. Pour the marmalade over, or brush unto the ham. Sprinkle with the Brown sugar.
  5. 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.
  6. Take the tin foil off at this stage and turn up the heat for an additional 20 minutes until nice an crunch.
  7. Rest the meat for an additional 30 minutes out of the oven before slicing.
  8. Addtional Notes:
  9. You can use honey or mustard instead of the marmalade.
  10. If using a loin of bacon or a piece of centre ham without the bone you can reduce the original cooking time.
  11. If desired you can boil the ham the day before and roast it on Christmas day.


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