Honey Roast Christmas Ham

Honey Roast Christmas Ham


Serves 20

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cooking Time

3 hours 30 Minutes

Total Time

4 Hours


  • 6kg Gammon
  • 2 Peeled Onions
  • 4 Carrots
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1tbsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • Few Sprigs of Parsley
  • 4 Sticks of Celery
  • 150 Cloves
  • 450g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 300ml Thick Runny Honey
  • 1tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 75g Very finely chopped Onions
  • 2tbsp Malt Vinegar
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Orange
  • 220g Redcurrant Jelly
  • 150g Port
  • 1tsp English Mustard
  • 1 Dessert Spoon of Sugar


  1. Place the pork in a very large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add the peeled onions, 4 sticks of celery, star anise, carrots, coriander seeds, peppercorns and parsley.
  2. Bring up to the simmer and cook for 3 hours approximately. I allow 20 minutes per 500g. You can tell when the ham is cooked when the rind starts coming off easily.
  3. Remove the ham from the saucepan and allow to rest for one hour. Remove all the rind while the ham is still warm, leaving as much fat on as possible. Score the fat into diamond shapes by cutting long line one way then the other way. Put a clove into each diamond corner.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, honey and Dijon mustard and use a pastry brush to spread the mixture all over the ham.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 180°C /Gas mark 4 for 25 minutes approximately or until caramelized. You will need to baste the ham every ten minutes, to get a good colour. Serve hot or cold with Cumberland Sauce.

Cumberland Sauce:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for one hour approximately on a low heat until a sticky sauce is thickened and ready to go. Leave the onion in, you do not need to strain the sauce.

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