Recipe

Blood-orange glazed ham

Make this stunning, celestial ham the centrepiece of your Christmas table.

  • Serves 24
  • 1 hr 25 mins cooking
blood-orange glazed ham

Ingredients

Blood-orange glazed ham
  • 9 kilogram (20-pound) leg of ham
  • 350 gram (11-ounce) jar blood orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice
  • cloves, to decorate

Method

Blood-orange glazed ham
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  • 2
    Cut through ham rind 10cm (4 inches) from the shank end of the leg. To remove the rind, run your thumb around the edge of the rind just under the skin. Start pulling the rind from the widest edge of the ham; continue to pull the rind carefully away from the fat up to the shank end. Remove rind completely.
  • 3
    Score across the fat at about 3cm (1¼-inch) intervals, cutting through the surface of the fat (not the meat) in a diamond pattern. Don't cut too deeply or the fat will spread apart during cooking.
  • 4
    To make blood-orange glaze, combine marmalade, sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan; stir over a low heat until sugar dissolves.
  • 5
    Line a large roasting pan with baking paper (this will make cleaning the pan easier). Place the ham on a wire rack in pan. Brush ham well with the glaze; cover the shank end with foil.
  • 6
    Bake ham for 40 minutes; remove from oven, decorate the ham with cloves. Return to oven; bake for a further 40 minutes or until browned all over, brushing occasionally with the glaze.
  • 7
    Serve ham warm or at room temperature.

Notes

You can score the ham the day before cooking; cover the ham with the rind to keep moist until cooking (discard the rind before cooking the ham). Store the cooked ham in a clean dry ham bag or pillow case, or covered with a clean tea towel. Replace the ham bag every couple of days with a clean dry one. Leftover carved ham is suitable to freeze for up to 1 month (the ham will become saltier if frozen for longer).

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