Apple Cider Glazed Christmas Ham

Christmas ham

Serves: 10  | Preparation Time: 15 mins | Cooking Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

4.5kg Tasman Whole Leg of Lamb (on the bone)
4 litres apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks, cracked
2 bay leaves, cracked
Pinch nutmeg, freshly ground
60 cloves to stud ham
Glaze:
200ml sweet apple cider (may also be replaced with Champagne or Maderia)
100g castor sugar
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
100ml honey
100g red currants

To Serve:
Roasted vegetables
Mustard

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170⁰C.
  2. Place the leg of ham flat side down into a large saucepan and pour in the apple juice.
  3. Add the cinnamon quills, bay leaves and nutmeg to the pot.
  4. Simmer gently over a low heat for two hours. If the liquid level begins to drop, top up with extra juice or water. Remove and cool.
  5. Using a sharp knife remove the rind (skin from the leg) carefully to expose the fat.
  6. Score the fat into diamonds and stud the ham with cloves.
  7. Combine the apple cider, sugar, nutmeg and honey into a small saucepan and heat over a low heat until sugar has dissolved and continue to boil until liquid is reduced by half.
  8. Place ham into a large baking dish and brush with the glaze.
  9. Bake ham in the preheated oven at 170⁰C for 1 hour, basting frequently.
  10. Serve hot with festive roasted vegetables and red currants.