Cranberry glazed ham

Every Christmas table needs a centrepiece for the festive meal. Christmas this year was spent with Mr GG’s family and his mother had made a gorgeous glazed ham to take pride of place. The ham was deliciously succulent with a sweet caramalised glaze; it looked far more special than just a simple leg of ham.

Glazed Ham-2

Naturally I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share such a great recipe with you. My lovely MIL happily let me photographer her preparing the dish so I could show a step by step guide.  Perhaps next year you may wish to try this glaze for your Christmas ham.

Glazed Christmas Ham


7-9kg leg of ham

300gm jar cranberry sauce

2 cups brown sugar

whole cloves


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.

Glazed Ham Ingredients

Remove the outer layer of rind from the ham. Leave rind on the shank only. Score the meat in diagonals no more than 3-5mm deep. Press cloves into the intersection of each diamond.

Scoring glazed Ham

Combine the cranberry jam in a saucepan with brown sugar, stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the glaze is fluid.  Thickly brush the glaze over the ham. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins in the oven.

Glazing Ham

Brush the ham with more glaze and return it to the oven for a further 35mins or until golden.

Christmas Glazed Ham

Why wait until next Christmas to give this recipe a try?