Festive Maple Syrup Spiced Ham

Festive Maple Syrup Spiced Ham served on a marble plate and sliced served with baked apples
  • 10 servings
  • 15 minutes per kg of ham + crisping time in the oven to prepare
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  • 1 ham joint of your choosing
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • For the glaze
  • 150ml maple syrup
  • 80g sugar
  • 1/2 a cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 a star anise
  • 1/4tsp coriander seeds


Perfect as the main event, or simply rustled up for festive ham sandwiches for the buffet, this glazed spiced ham is delightful.


  1. Remove the ham from all packaging and place in a pan with the herbs, spices and add enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and skim off any residue that forms on the top. Reduce to the simmer and cook for 15 minutes per kg of ham.
  2. While the ham is boiling, preheat the oven to 180C fan / 200C / gas mark 6. Add all of the glaze ingredients in to a pan, bring to the boil and take off the heat.
  3. Once the ham is cooked remove from the water and allow to cool for 5 minutes. With a sharp knife remove any skin and most of the fat, leaving around a 1cm of fat, and score.
  4. Place the ham, onion and garlic on a baking tray and put in the oven until the fat starts to crisp. Brush the glaze over the ham covering all sides and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Repeat for another 3-4 times or until you are happy with the glaze. Serve warm or cold.