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Rosemary Shrager's Honey Roast Christmas Ham

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time210 mins
  • Serves20
  • DifficultyEasy
6kg Gammon
2 onions
2 carrots
4 bay leaves
3 star anise
1 tbsp of black pepper corns
1 tbsp coriander seeds
Few sprigs of parsley
Few sticks of celery

For the glaze

Approx 150 cloves
450g soft dark brown sugar
300ml thick runny honey

Place the pork in a very large saucepan and cover with cold water.

Add to the cold water, 2 peeled onions, 4 sticks of celery, 3 star anise, 4 carrots, 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds and 1 tablespoon of black peppercorns and sprigs of parsley.

Bring up to the simmer and cook for 3 hours approximately. I allow 20 minutes per 500g. You can tell when the ham is cooked when the rind starts coming off easily.

Remove the ham from the saucepan and allow to rest for one hour.

Remove all the rind while the ham is still warm, leaving as much fat on as possible.

Score the fat into diamond shapes by cutting long line one way then the other way.

Put a clove into each diamond corner.

Mix 350g brown sugar, 200ml thick honey and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and use a pastry brush to spread the mixture all over the ham.

Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 180°C /Gas mark 4 for 25 minutes approximately or until caramelized .You will need to baste the ham every ten minutes, to get a good colour.

Serve hot or cold with Cumberland Sauce.

Cumberland Sauce:

Place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer for one hour approximately on a low heat until a sticky sauce is thickened and ready to go- leave the onion you do not need to strain the sauce.

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