Ham glazed with fruit juice 22.12.2008

Mum has glazed a ham every Boxing Day for my entire life, but this is the first year I’ve done one. It’s incredibly easy and delicious. We fed forty people comfortably with a ham, ten baguettes, a bowl of lettuce and two huge lumps of cheese. Easiest catering ever.


  • 1 large leg of ham
  • A couple of dozen cloves

For the glaze

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 250 g soft brown sugar


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

Remove skin from ham (this is like skinning a baby; I found it quite disturbing) and place ham fat side up in a heavy baking dish. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, and while it's in there, cook basting ingredients together in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves.

Take ham from oven and using a very sharp knife score the fat in a diamond pattern. Stud each diamond with a clove. Pour hot basting mixture over the top of ham and return to oven to cook for 20-30 minutes or until brown on top, basting every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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