Maple Baked Ham

Mains / Christmas

christmas ham recipe
6-8 portions


  • 1 pre-cooked, bone-in half ham (about 3.5kg)

  • 15 whole cloves

  • 85g maple sugar

  • 85g maple syrup (preferably golden colour for its delicate flavour)

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 250°c. Cut off any tough skin from the ham and score the fat in a crosshatch pattern.

  2. Stud ham all over with cloves, put in a large roasting pan, and loosely cover with foil.

  3. Place the ham in the oven. After 15 mins, turn the temperature down to 160°c.

  4. While the ham is baking, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, combine maple sugar, maple syrup and mustard. Whisk until smooth.

  5. Remove the ham from the oven, discard the foil and brush generously with the glaze, then put it back in the oven uncovered to cook for a further 20 mins.

  6. Continue basting periodically until the glaze is golden brown.

Sweet and sticky baked ham with a maple and mustard glaze. A Christmas ham recipe fit for any Christmas dinner.

Find more Christmas recipes in our free ‘A Very Maple Christmas’ cookbook here.

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