Boiled and baked ham


A favourite for Christmas, a baked ham is an easy way to feed a crowd. Many hams don't need soaking these days, so ask your butcher if you're not sure.


  • 5½ -7¼kg/12-16lb ham with the bone in

  • 2 onions, quartered

  • few cloves

  • few black peppercorns

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 tbsp English mustard

  • 75g/2½oz demerara sugar, depending on size of ham

  • 300ml/½pint chicken stock (to make a gravy)

Preparation method

  1. Place the soaked ham in a large pan, with the onions, cloves, peppercorns and bay leaf.
  2. Cover with water, bring to the boil and skim away any impurities.
  3. Leave the ham to simmer, allowing 20 minutes per 450g(1lb).
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  5. Once cooked, remove the ham from the pan and stand for 10-15 minutes before peeling away the skin.
  6. The fat can be left as it is or scored, creating a diamond pattern.
  7. Brush the ham with mustard and sprinkle well with the demerara sugar.
  8. Bake the ham for 30-40 minutes taking care to baste the ham with juices and the caramelised sugar.
  9. Once golden, remove from the oven and rest for 15-30 minutes before carving, or leave until cold.
  10. To make gravy, pour the chicken stock into the roasting pan to lift any residue in the pan and simmer until reduced by one-third to one-half and strain.

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