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    Traditional baked glazed ham

    A home-baked ham looks impressive, making it a great choice when there's a crowd to feed at any time of the year. It's also a great standby if you have unexpected guests.

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes, plus cooling
    • Total time: 4- 4½ hours plus cooling

    Serves: 8, with leftovers


    Waitrose Unsmoked English Gammon Joint, about 4kg
    6 black peppercorns
    6 whole cloves
    15g pack fresh thyme
    1 fresh bay leaf, torn
    1 onion, cut into quarters
    500ml bottled stout, such as Guinness
    2 x Cooks' Ingredients Bouquet Garni
    3 tbsp Dijon wholegrain mustard
    3 tbsp clear honey
    2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar


    1. Place a trivet or saucer upside down in a large pan. Place the gammon, with the string intact as it holds the joint together during cooking, on the trivet. This stops the gammon from touching the hot base of the pan. Add the peppercorns, cloves, thyme, bay leaf, onion quarters, 400ml of the stout, the bouquet garnis and enough cold water to cover the gammon. Place the lid on the pan and bring slowly to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes per 500g, adding more boiling water from the kettle, as necessary.
    2. At the end of the calculated cooking time, turn off the heat and allow the ham to cool in the cooking liquor for at least 30 minutes, or until it's cool enough to handle. Then transfer the ham to a board and pat dry with kitchen paper. Using a small, sharp knife, cut off the string, then carefully peel away and discard the skin, leaving a layer of fat exposed.
    3. Cut a thin slice from the base of the ham, so that the joint can stand without toppling over, then score the fat into a diamond pattern. Transfer to a roasting tin.
    4. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Mix together the mustard, honey and sugar, then stir in enough of the remaining stout to thin the paste down to a pouring consistency. Pour the glaze over the ham, allowing it to run down into the tin. Spoon it over until the ham is thoroughly coated. 
    5. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes by spooning the glaze over the sides, until evenly browned. Cover with foil, and allow to cool.  Carve into slices and serve with spoonfuls of Waitrose Cumberland Sauce.

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