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Apricot & Ginger Ham

Preparation time 10 mins
Cooking time 3 hrs 30 mins
Serves 15 - 20 servings

Cook up a feast with this showstopper. Glaze with fruit, bay leaves, allspice and cloves then slow roast and serve. Just in time for that Christmas family get together.


4-5kg Raw smoked ham on the bone
2 Litre bottle ginger beer
2 Bay leaves
6 Whole allspice berries
6 Black peppercorns
30-40 Whole cloves
1 tsp Ground ginger
340g Jar apricot jam


  1. If your ham needs soaking, do this the day before cooking. Put it in a large pan (a preserving pan is great for this).
    Cover the ham with cold water and leave to soak in the fridge for 24 hrs, changing the water twice.
  2. Pour away the soaking water and rinse the pan. Return the ham to the pan and add the ginger beer, bay leaves, allspice, peppercorns and 6 of the cloves. Top up the liquid with enough water to cover the ham. If the bone sticks out of the liquid, don’t worry – just rotate the ham halfway through cooking. Put over a medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Leave to cook for 2½ hrs, topping up with water as it cooks.
  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. When the ham is cool enough to handle, discard the cooking liquid and pat the ham dry. Use a small, sharp knife to pare the rind away from the ham, leaving a layer of fat attached to the meat. Score the fat in a diamond pattern and stud all over with the remaining cloves. Put the ham in a roasting tin. Mix the ginger and jam and brush the mixture over the ham. Roast for 1 hr until golden and glistening. Serve hot or cold.

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Chef's Tips

If you’d like more of a sauce to go with the gammon use a couple of tins of apricots and pop in the base of the pan so they take on all the delicious meat juices. Drain off into a jug and serve with the sliced gammon and some roasted potatoes.


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