Adding a glaze to a ham gives it a sweet and tangy flavour. A ham glaze can include a variety of ingredients due to personal tastes. Once you combine the ingredients, they are brushed over the ham while it bakes in the oven. Continuing to baste the ham with the glaze allows the flavours to coat the exterior of the ham. The glaze also combines with the ham juices, which you can drizzle over the ham slices when you serve them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/8 tsp white pepper
- Double boiler
- Roasting pan
- Aluminium foil
- 5 to 6lbs. cooked ham
- Basting brush
Heat the oven to 163 degrees C.
Combine the dark corn syrup and ground cardamom. Stir until the cardamom mixes into the corn syrup.
Add the honey, butter, brown sugar, orange juice and white pepper to the syrup and cardamom mixture. Pour the mixture into the top of a double boiler. Heat the mixture until the butter melts. Stir the ingredients frequently, and keep the mixture warm while you bake the ham.
Place the ham with the cut side facing down in a roasting pan lined with aluminium foil. Brush the homemade glaze over the ham. Cover the ham with aluminium foil.
Bake the ham in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Baste the ham with the glaze every 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the foil from the ham during the last 5 minutes. Turn the grill on in the oven to caramelise the glaze. Watch the ham carefully while it broils to prevent it from burning.
Remove the ham from the oven. Cover it with aluminium foil and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before you carve it.
Tips and warnings
- Add the glaze to any type of ham, but always follow the package directions to ensure that you prepare the ham properly.
- Heat the cooked ham and any leftovers to an internal temperature of 73.9 degrees C to prevent the risk of a food-borne illness.
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