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    Cumberland Glazed Turkey Crown

    Turkey crowns are ideal for those who prefer white meat. Here we give our crown a savoury sticky glaze, made from Cumberland sauce. Make the sauce up to a month in advance and store in a sealed, sterile glass jar; the flavour will actually improve.

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 45 minutes per kg (3-4 hours), plus at least 30 minutes resting time
    • Total time: 4 hours 50 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 50 minutes

    Serves: Serves 8, with leftovers


    • 1 Waitrose Fresh Standard Turkey Crown (medium)
    • 50g butter
    • 2 tsp Edmond Fallot Moutarde au Poivre Vert
    • For the Cumberland sauce
    • 2 oranges
    • 1 lemon
    • Large knob butter
    • 1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
    • 2cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
    • 1 tsp Edmond Fallot Moutarde au Poivre Vert
    • 4 tbsp port
    • ½ x 340g jar Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Redcurrant Jelly


    1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Melt the butter and mix with the mustard and some seasoning. Brush liberally over the whole turkey crown. Weigh and calculate the roasting time, allowing 45 minutes per kg.
    2. Cook the turkey, uncovered, basting every hour with the juices. Cover with foil if the turkey starts getting too brown.
    3. While the turkey is cooking, make the Cumberland sauce. Thinly pare the rind from the oranges and lemon, then cut into fine shreds. Place in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then drain. Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemon.
    4. Melt the butter in a small pan, add the shallot and ginger and cook gently for 5 minutes until softened. Add the orange and lemon juice and shredded rind, the mustard and the port. Simmer until syrupy and reduced by half. Stir the redcurrant jelly into the sauce on a gentle heat until melted then simmer for a minute. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside.
    5. Remove the turkey from the oven 15-20 minutes before it is ready, removing foil if using, and spread liberally with some of the Cumberland sauce. Return to the oven and continue cooking for 15 minutes, then glaze again and return to the oven until cooked through.
    6. To test the turkey is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the breast and check to see if the juices run clear and there is no pink meat. Wrap tightly with foil and transfer to a warm serving plate to rest. Strain the pan juices into the remaining Cumberland sauce and bring to simmering point in a saucepan. Serve with the turkey.

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    Cook's tips

    As a shortcut, why not use a jar of Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Cumberland Sauce as your glaze. Warm gently until melted, then brush on the crown for the last half hour of cooking.

    Notes on ingredients

    Replace the redcurrant jelly with Waitrose Redcurrant Jelly With Port.


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