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Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham
Glazed ham

A glazed ham is one of the easiest table centrepieces on a celebration table.

Whether you're celebrating a birthday, Christmas, or any special occasion it's sure to be a showstopper and feed a crowd. The best part is that glazing the ham is incredibly easy and looks amazing.


  • 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar, but any type of sugar will work)
  • A quantity of whole cloves


  • Score a zigzag pattern around the ham hock.
  • Carefully remove the rind.
  • Score the ham fat in lines approximately 2 cm apart, and only a few millimetres deep.
  • Score in the opposite direction to create little diamond shapes. 
  • Push one clove into every point where the score lines cross over.
  • Sprinkle over some of the sugar in a even layer all over the fat.
  • Put the ham into a roasting dish and add a little water in the bottom to cover the bottom of the tray.
  • Bake in the oven at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) for approximately 2 hours. 
  • Check the ham every half hour, baste with the liquid in the bottom of the pan and add more sugar in the lighter patches. 
  • Remove from the oven when warmed through and golden all over. 


  • Add walnuts to the glaze about 30 minutes before it's done.
  • Toothpick rings of pineapple and glacé cherries onto the ham 20 minutes before cooking is complete. 
  • Add some spices (like cinnamon) to the sugar before putting it onto the ham.
  • Spread on a little wholegrain mustard before sprinkling on the sugar. 

Ideas To Serve:

  • Cover the hock with tin foil.
  • Spike onto a ham stand if you have one to use
  • Tie a ribbon around the hock.
  • Garnish with some fresh green herbs.