How To Glaze A Christmas Ham.
A glazed ham is to Christmas what sequins is to a cocktail dress: not essential but goodness they make a difference.
It looks incredibly tricky to master but Saxon has convinced me otherwise.
After watching him, I can see that it’s really about patience. Patience to prepare the meat precisely and to glaze consistently throughout the cook.
We road-tested the new Woolworths Ready Made Glaze which cuts a good half hour and world of angst from the process.
We used Woolworths Bone In Whole Leg Ham, $80 (10KG) and three packets of Woolworths Spiced Apple Glaze, $4 (each). If you don’t have a massive tribe to feed then consider Woolworths Gold Range Free Range Half Leg Ham, $98 ($14 per kilo) that’s designed for smaller groups.
Our ham didn’t make Christmas - it didn’t make the evening we cooked it! - so we will be pressing repeat on the 24th.
Below, is Saxon’s step-by-step glaze guide and video (which we may or may not dance in)
WATCH Saxon’s Step-By-Step.
1. Preheat oven to 160°c. Line a large roasting pan with baking paper. You may need to remove your oven shelves so that the ham fits in the oven without anything touching the top.
2. Remove rind from ham by gently running your thumb between the rind and fat. Then, carefully pull back the rind with your fingers to expose the white fat (watch video below). Trim any excess rind off the shank shank and bone.
3. Cloves are decorative, have a terrific aroma and help make a guide for even scoring. Start at one end of the ham and gently push a single clove into the meat. Work in tracks about 5 cm apart (as below) until the whole ham is covered.
4 .Using a sharp knife, score ham fat to at least 5mm deep. Take care not to cut into the meat but a deeper score will give you a more risen, crunchy crust. So take your time and find the perfect depth between the fat and the meat. Remember scoring is a crisscross - so cut the ham one way, then spin the bone and cut back the other way.
5. You can use Woolworths Spiced Apple Glaze directly from the packet but I like to heat it gently first. Pour 2-3 bags of glaze into a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Use a silicone baking brush to thickly brush mixture over ham then place in prepared baking tray.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes then remove from the oven and brush again with glaze mixture. Repeat this process until you see the score marks rise and turn a dark golden colour. Remove from oven and transfer to a large serving platter.
What You’ll Need.
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