Maple Ham Glaze - glazed ham om a platter, ready to be carved. The most incredible baked ham ever!
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Maple Glazed Ham

RECIPE VIDEO ABOVE. Baked ham made easy! The most incredible ham glaze ever with a subtle perfurme from maple and festive spices. If using a larger ham, use recipe Scaler (click on Servings and slide). Recipe will serve 30 - 40 with another main and sides, or 25 if it's the only main. New to Glazed Ham? Start here -> Guide to Making Glazed Ham
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Resting20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Christmas, Easter, Festive, Holiday, Thanskgiving
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Christmas Ham, Ham Glaze, maple glazed ham
Servings: 30 people
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats

Ingredients

  • 5 kg / 10 lb leg ham, bone in, skin on (Note 1)
  • 30 Cloves (for studding the ham, optional - mainly for decorative purposes)
  • 2 oranges , cut into quarters (Note 2)
  • 1 cup (250ml) water

Glaze

  • 3/4 cup (185ml) maple syrup (sub honey)
  • 3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard (can sub American or other plain mustard)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice (or nutmeg)

Instructions

  • Take ham out of fridge 1 hour prior.
  • Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F (140°C fan). Arrange shelf in lower third so the ham will be sitting in the centre of the oven (rather than in top half of oven).
  • Place the Glaze ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined - use whisk if needed.

Remove ham rind (skin)

  • Run small knife around bone handle, down each side of the ham, and under the rind on the cut face. (See video & photos in post)
  • Slide fingers under the rind on the cut face of the ham, and run them back and forth to loosen while pulling the rind back. Use knife if needed to slice off any residual rind.
  • Lightly cut 2.5cm / 1" diamonds across the fat surface of the ham, about 75% of the way into the fat. Avoid cutting into the meat.
  • Insert a clove in the intersection of the cross of each diamond on the surface (optional).

Glaze and Baking

  • Place the ham in a large baking dish. Prop handle up on edge of pan + scrunched up foil so surface of the ham is level (more even browning).
    How to make the BEST Glazed Ham - level the surface for even caramelisation
  • Squeeze the juice of 1 orange (4 quarters) over the ham. Then place them along with the remaining orange into the baking dish around the ham.
  • Brush / spoon half the glaze all over the surface and cut face of the ham (don't worry about underside, glaze drips down into pan)
  • Pour the water in the baking dish, then place in the oven.
  • Bake for 1.5 - 2 hrs, basting very generously every 30 minutes with remainig glaze + juices in pan, or until sticky and golden.
  • Use foil patches to protect bits that brown faster than others - press on lightly, caramelisation won't peel off with the foil.
    Foil patches on Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
  • Allow to rest for at least 20 minutes before serving. Baste, baste, baste before serving - as the glaze in the pan cools, it thickens which means it "paints" the ham even better - but be sure to save pan juices for drizzling. 

Serving and presentation tips

  • Sauce: Use pan juices as the sauce - it's loaded with flavour. Drizzle sparingly as the glaze flavour is intense! Note juices need to be warm for drizzling, it thickens when cooled. Thin slightly with water if required.
  • Presentation: Wrap handle with baking paper and ribbon if desired. Remove cloves. Cover serving platter with lots of green fluffage, then place ham on. Surround with more quartered oranges, for colour. Let people admire before carving!
  • Serving: Personal preference whether to serve at room temp or warm, I like either. I also like to drizzle with pan juices - it looks messier but tastes fabulous. Slice thinly! I start slicing at the table, then finish it in the kitchen (towards end when it gets messy!)
  • Leftovers: See list in post for recipe using leftover ham and ham bone!

Notes

1. HAM:
  • Skin (rind) on ham - Make sure you get the ham with the skin on (rind - thick rubbery skin). Between the skin and the ham is a layer of fat which is what makes this ham gorgeously sticky. There are some hams which come with the skin and fat removed. Though you can use this recipe for those hams too, you won't get the sticky exterior you see in the photo.
  • Half or whole - this recipe can be used for half or whole hams.
  • Larger hams - For larger hams, scale the glaze by using the recipe slider (click on the Servings)
  • Ham quality - Buy the best ham you can afford. The more you pay, the better the quality. However, for an economical option, I can recommend the Woolworths Smoked Ham Leg for $9/kg (I used a half leg). I was very impressed with how great it was for such good value - I've used it for several years now. There is an even cheaper one for $6/kg - I bypassed this because it wasn't smoked and looked a bit pale.
  • Cooked ham - Make sure you get a cooked ready-to-eat ham, not a raw one (also referred to as "gammon"). All ham sold in Australia in supermarkets is ready-to-eat but if you get your ham from the butcher, double check that it's not raw. If you have a raw ham (gammon), this recipe is not suitable.
2. Oranges - you can't taste it in the end result, it just adds more flavour into the pan drippings and the glaze the ham. If you really can't use or stand oranges, use 1/2 cup apple or other fruit juice instead (store bought bottle is fine) and skip putting oranges in baking pan.
3. Make Ahead - Glazed Ham is excellent made ahead, it's how I do it most of the time!
a) PREPARE THEN BAKE FRESH (100% perfect): Remove skin, cut fat, insert cloves, make glaze and store separately. Then refrigerate until required, then glaze etc  and bake on the day of per recipe.
b) COOK AHEAD (99.9% perfect): Make entirely per recipe, cool. Transfer to non reactive container (do not leave in metal tray), cover sticky surface with baking paper (parchment paper) then the whole ham with foil. Scrape every bit of juice in the pan into a container. Refrigerate both for up to 5 days (longer probably ok, I've done 5 days).
To reheat, remove from fridge and bring to room temperature, pour sauce into pan and place ham in pan. Reheat covered loosely with foil in a 160°C/320°F oven for 40 minutes or until a metal skewer inserted into the middle comes out warm. When the inside is warm, remove foil and baste with pan juices, then bake until the surface is sticky and golden -  it shouldn't take much longer than 10 minutes.
The juices thicken into a jelly when cool so it needs to be reheated (microwave is fine).
DO NOT MICROWAVE!!! It can make the fat diamonds "pop" and you might lose the best part - the golden, sticky surface!
4. How much ham per person - remember, ham is salty, people don't typically eat giant slabs like steak and you slice it thinly so less goes further.
  • With other main dishes - 6 to 8 people per 1 kg / 2 lb ham (bone in weight). So a 5 kg / 10 lb ham = 30 - 40 people, about 100 - 130g / 3.4 - 4 oz per person.
  • As the only main protein - 5 people per 1 kg / 2 lb ham (bone in weight). So a 5 kg / 10lb ham would serve 25 people, about 150g/5oz meat per person.. 
Note: Ham bone with residual meat weighs anywhere 750g - 1.25 kg (1.5 - 2.5 lb). Assumed 1 kg/2lb for purpose of above.
5. Nutrition per serving, assuming 30 servings and all sauce is consumed (which in reality it won't be).
Recipe originally published December 2016. Updated December 2017 with better photos and video #1, updated in December 2019 with more new photos and brand new video!

Nutrition

Serving: 188g | Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1603mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg