Yes I know its March but Jay is obsessed with the ham we make each christmas, put the ham on the blog , put the ham on the blog, so here you go honey the ham is on the blog.
It really is a sooooo good, it's fragrant and sweet and so incredibly delicious, everyone who tries it loves it and it just screams christmas to me now, when I smell the sweet smell of brown sugar, cinnamon and star anise I know its going to be a good day.
We use freerange ham its nice to know the piggys are happy and not kept in a cage, and its christmas after all.
1 large ham
500g apricot jam
185ml dry sherry
1 tbsp cinnamon
7 star anise - ground in mortar and pestle
95g brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180. Stir jam and sherry in a saucepan over medium heat until it forms a sticky spread.
Remove skin from the ham leaving behind the fat, score diamonds, grind the star anise in a mortar and pestle, add the cinnamon, rub into fat. Spread 2/3's of the glaze over the ham and press on the brown sugar, getting it into the score marks.
Pop it into your roasting tin, add 2cm of water and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours till its deeply golden and smelling amazing, check on it every 20 minutes or so and baste it.