Glazed smoked ham

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time105 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
1 large onion, quartered, root end intact
1 (2 1/4 to 3-kg) smoked ham (shank end)
175g apricot jam
60ml water
8 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the twigs
3 tbsp yellow mustard
4 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp treacle
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp ground allspice
Pinch ground cloves
350ml low-sodium chicken broth
15g unsalted butter
1 tbsp plain flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1) Preheat oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Score the ham with a cross hatch pattern through the thick layer of skin and fat. Arrange the onions in the center of a foil lined baking sheet in a large roasting tin and set the ham on top of them. Bake for 1 hour.

2) Meanwhile, stir together the apricot jam, water, thyme leaves, mustard, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar, the treacle, Worcestershire sauce, allspice, and cloves in a saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until the jam has dissolved and sauce is smooth, about 4 minutes.

3) After the ham has been baked for 1 hour, brush with the apricot mixture every 15 minutes for another 45 minutes or until nicely glazed.

4) Transfer the ham to a serving platter, cover loosely with foil and set aside while making the sauce.

5) Discard the onions, remove foil and pour the sauce and meat juices into a frying pan. Add the stock and bring to a boil over high heat.

6) In a small bowl, mix the butter and flour together until you form a paste. Then gradually whisk into the sauce and let it simmer until thickened like gravy. Finish with the remaining tablespoon of vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

7) Thinly slice the ham and serve with the sauce.

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