The perfect ham is a Christmas must-have. With a sweet and tangy glaze, this is a flavourful show stopper that your guests will love
• 3 cups (750ml) apple juice • 4 cups (1 litre) alcoholic apple cider • 1 cup (250ml) maple syrup • 2 cups (350g) brown sugar • ¼ cup (70g) hot English mustard • 1 cup (250ml) apple cider vinegar • 10 cloves • 8 bay leaves • 1 bunch sage leaves • 1 x 8kg leg ham, rind removed
STEP 1 Place the apple juice, apple cider, maple syrup, sugar, mustard, vinegar, cloves, bay leaves and sage in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil and cook for 30 minutes or until reduced and syrupy. Strain the glaze, discarding the solids. STEP 2 Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the ham, top-side down, into a deep-sided roasting dish and wrap the hock with non-stick baking paper and aluminium foil. Pour the glaze over the ham and cook for 1 hour. STEP 3 Remove from the oven, turn the ham over and cook for a further 30 minutes or until it is dark golden brown and sticky. Remove the ham from the oven and transfer to a serving platter. Spoon the remaining glaze over the ham to serve. Serves 12.
“Your guests will love this Christmas must-have, a sweet and tangy ham”