Maple & mustard glazed ham

Maple & mustard glazed ham

I found this recipe originally from the BBC Good Food

Having a roasted glazed gammon on Christmas Eve has been a tradition passed down to me by my mother and wow the one meal I really looked forward to over and above the turkey the next day.

What I love about this meal is one can play with so many glazes, it’s fun.  I have tried sooo many now and being a maple addict when I saw this one, it was a wohoo moment I must try that.  Now I don’t cook glazed gammon only for Christmas Eve but it is a definite must on that particular night.  It has to go with baked potatoes, broad beans in white sauce, hot pineapple rings and whatever else you fancy popping on.  That is my regular routine and this maple delight was definitely a success.

I think in the UK one cannot get what I call ‘proper’ maple syrup in the supermarkets.  We had visitors over from Canada not that long ago and they just happened to give us a bottle and it was shocking the difference between that and what we have, it was like something totally different, I feel slightly cheated now when I have to get it from the supermarket.  I need a regular Canadian supplier, anyone interested? lolol

So I present to you my 2nd meal/food donation for the Fiesta Friday party #48!


Maple & mustard glazed ham

Cooking time

Prep:30 minsCook:2 hrs, 40 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 8 – 10


  • 1 whole leg of gammon, smoked or unsmoked, around 5kg weight bone-in
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • about 25 whole cloves

For the glaze

  • 200ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coarse-grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


    1. Put the gammon in a very large pan and cover with cold water. Add the spices and bay. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for around 1 hr 50 mins, topping up the water level with boiling water, if necessary. Scoop off any scum that rises to the top every now and then.
    2. Carefully pour the liquid away (I like to keep it for making soup), then let the ham cool a little while you heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Lift the ham into a large roasting tin, then cut away the skin leaving behind an even layer of fat. Score the fat all over in a criss-cross pattern, then stud cloves all over the ham. Can now be chilled for up to 2 days.
    3. Mix the glaze ingredients in a jug. Pour half over the fat, roast for 15 mins, then pour over the rest and return to the oven for another 35 mins, basting with the pan juices 3-4 times as it bakes. Turn the pan around a few times during cooking so the fat colours evenly. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 mins before carving. Can be roasted on the day or up to 2 days ahead and served cold.

I would love to know if any of you ever make this.

What is your Christmas Eve food tradition if you celebrate Christmas on the 25th?  I mean what dish other than turkey do you like to have?

Big hugs, Justine xxx

I hope you are still celebrating.

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  35 comments for “Maple & mustard glazed ham

  1. December 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    That looks amazing! Yum! Think I’ll be over for dinner next Christmas! 😀
    I tend to stick to roast chicken, or roast lamb, and of course, plenty of roast potatoes!

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    • December 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Oh you are very welcome to come over, there is plenty to share 🙂 I love roast lamb and yes one can never ever have too many roast potatoes, do you have a secret recipe for the best roast potatoes?

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      • December 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        How I wish that I did! 😛 I have never been able to replicate the delicious ‘crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside’ roast tatties that I grew up with …sigh! Oh well, doesn’t stop me from trying 🙂

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        • December 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

          oh there are a few tricks, but you probably know them all. I tried goosefat this year which is meant to make them very crispy but didn’t seem to make much difference for me x

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  2. December 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I bought a ham for new years meal and have been wondering what glaze to use, love how your glaze sounds. I think I’ll give a go. Looks so good.

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    • December 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Oh it would be really exciting if you try it i would love to know how it goes. What are you doing for New Year? xx


  3. December 27, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Hmmmnn, I’m usually not a fan of baked ham – yes, weird I know. We grew up having fresh ham off the bone and we love it!! We get one or two hams every year over the Christmas break. However, yours looks stunning, juicy and delicious and the glaze sounds amazing!!! Yum. I’m off to make han and eggs for breakfast 😋

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  4. petra08
    December 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    I love ham and often do a honey and mustard glaze, how clever to use maple syrup! I will do this next time. Your ham looks delicious! 🙂

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    • December 29, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      it was, actually still have some left over for a turkey and ham pie, a Xmas tradition for the left overs. What are your new year plans? x

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      • petra08
        December 29, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Turkey and ham pie sounds lovely! Most of the turkey went in to a curry and the rest is in the freezer, I thought I would save it for a pie! 🙂
        On New years am only cooking the main course and am still unsure of what to cook, we are doing a neighbour “crawl” as we all live so close and then there is fireworks at midnight on the beach, weather allowing 🙂 What are you up to?

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        • December 29, 2014 at 6:47 PM

          Oh wiw that sounds so amazing. The evening for us will be quiet but New Years Day were going to our local pub for lunch with 17 others should be fun hehe x

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          • petra08
            December 29, 2014 at 6:51 PM

            wow 17 sounds great! Since we moved we had such great neighbours we just decided to practically spend the holidays together ha ha It is so much fun. Enjoy!! 🙂 x

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            • December 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

              Hah half the numbers are kids! Your street sounds fun!

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              • petra08
                December 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

                It sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 Our street is great, we celebrated 2 of 3 days of Christmas with them and we haven’t even lived here for a year and we didn’t know them beforehand. 🙂

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                • December 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

                  wow thats definitely a street full of community spirit, wonderful your lucky x

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  5. December 29, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    We used to make ham just like this, maple syrup and all, but I haven’t had it in ages. I’m so glad you appreciate maple syrup – when I next travel to the UK I should bring you some. No one I know there has any use for it, although maybe I should send them your recipe.

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    • December 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      oh you should bring me some, please please lol. Oh I love it, i cannot imagine people not having a use for it, if it were not so expensive iw ould use it far more x


  6. December 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Oh wow, looks amazing Justine!! YUM!

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  7. December 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    It looks really good!

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  8. January 1, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    loving this ham… i can hook you up with real maple…

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    • January 1, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      oh yes? x


      • January 1, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        yup.. i know a guy…

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        • January 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM

          Hah i feel like im putting out feelers for a drug deal here!!!

          Oh yes what kind of guy? One with a big fat maple tree i guess? 🙂


          • January 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM

            A very secret guy.. He does indeed have access to maple trees.. And great cuban cigars also.. Ahem..

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            • January 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

              Oooh he sounds most exciting i love the smell of cigars find it quite aphrodisiac. Not cigarettes…yuk! I digress…do i have to part with my soul to get some maple? Lol

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        • January 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM



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