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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.43 / 5 (134 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
2 hrs 50 min

Try Mike Robinson's glistening ham next time you have friends or family over - it's simple to make and tastes great too


1. Tie string around the ham to keep the meat in a compact shape as it cooks. Place in a large pan and cover with the water and cider. Cover with a lid and simmer for 2 ½ hours, until the meat is tender.

2. Leave it to cool in the cooking liquid. Carefully cut the skin off the ham, making sure to leave the fat on. Criss-cross the fat with a sharp knife. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7.

3. For the glaze, warm the honey, mustard and cider in a pan and boil until it thickens to a treacle-like consistency. Spoon the glaze over the ham fat, and place in a roasting tin. Dot the cloves over the surface and bake for 20 minutes, or until the glaze has caramelised.

4. Cut slices from the ham and serve with crusty bread, green beans and buttered new potatoes.

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Latest Comment


very tasty and easy to do. highly reccomend ham was tender and juicy and the sauce was gorgeous.

lorraineF8722 lorraineF8722  Posted 04 Jan 2011 9:08 PM

Do I need to pre-soak the ham? Obviously the recipe doesn't call for this, but I used a very similar recipe last year with which I did soak it for a day to get rid of the excess salt content. Can't find the recipe now!

BlueMod BlueMod  Posted 22 Dec 2010 12:16 PM

Very easy to make, good, simple food, and very tasty!

JillF95 JillF95  Posted 03 Aug 2010 6:14 PM

MichelleH58962 MichelleH58962 Posted 19 Dec 2009 7:06 PM