Baked Guinness ham

Baked Guinness ham

By
From
The 12 Days of Christmas
Serves
20
Photographer
Mark Roper

Although the ham is already cooked before being baked, further cooking with the stout helps to flavour the meat before the glaze is added. Baking continues at a higher temperature, with the sweet and spicy caramelised glaze really making this a special occasion dish. Look at doing a more economical picnic ham or a half leg for smaller family gatherings. Accompany the ham with a big bowl of still-warm boiled new potatoes, tossed in butter, with a grinding of pepper and chopped parsley. Crusty bread, a large green salad and a choice of mustards are essential.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 x 5-6kg leg of ham
2 cans guinness extra stout, reserving 2–3 tablespoons for the glaze
whole cloves, (optional)

Glaze

Quantity Ingredient
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons ground cardamom and ground ginger
2-3 tablespoons guinness stout

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Cut the skin around the thick end of the knuckle (this can be made into a scallop pattern) without cutting into the fat and flesh. Ease the skin from the fat by slipping the thumb of one hand under the skin, and firmly sliding it back and forth. Turn the ham over and ease away the rest of the skin, which should come off in one piece. Place the ham, fat side up, in a roasting pan with the stout, reserving 2–3 tablespoons for the glaze. Cover with foil, crimping the edges onto the roasting pan, making it as airtight as possible, and bake for 1½ hours. Lift the foil and baste the ham with the drippings several times during cooking.
  2. Remove from the oven, lift the foil and pour off the liquid into a saucepan. Using a sharp knife, score the fat with 4 cm interval diagonal cuts, first one way, then the opposite way, to form a diamond pattern.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Spread half the glaze mixture over the ham and stud a clove in the corner of each diamond if you like. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C and bake for a further 30–40 minutes, basting every 10 minutes with the remaining glaze. If serving hot, leave the ham in the turned-off oven for 30 minutes. If serving cold, cool and store in refrigerator overnight and serve thinly sliced. Place the ham on a stand or large serving platter and garnish with watercress or parsley.
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The 12 Days of Christmas
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