SERVES 16 PREP 15 MINS COOK 1 HR
7kg whole leg ham on bone whole cloves, to stud
8 fresh figs
3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup fig jam 1/2 cup apple juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp cinnamon
ONE Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan.
TWO Using a small knife, cut through rind of ham 10cm from shank end of leg. Run thumb around edge of rind just under skin and above fat layer to separate edges all way around. To remove rind, pull rind away from fat at widest edge of ham; continue carefully down to shank end. Remove rind completely.
THREE Score a diamond pattern at 2cm intervals all over ham fat. Cut lightly, about 5mm deep, and not through to meat. Press a clove into centre of each diamond.
FOUR Pour 1 cup water into a roasting pan large enough to hold ham. Place ham on a wire rack in pan.
FIVE To make glaze, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until smooth. Strain into bowl, reserving 2 tbsp glaze (for figs).
SIX Brush one-quarter of glaze over ham. Bake for 30 mins, basting every 15 mins. Cook for a further 15 mins, basting twice with glaze and juices from pan, until glaze caramelises. Remove from oven and rest for 10 mins.
SEVEN Meanwhile, brush figs with reserved glaze and arrange on an oven tray. Bake for 8-10 mins or until starting to caramelise. EIGHT Carve ham into slices and serve warm with figs.