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Wednesday 2 April 2014

Sluttishly Savoury: Fig and Black Pepper Baked Ham

I had a strong urge to bake a ham this week. Why is it that ham only gets remembered around Christmas when there's shitloads of food around then anyway? A home-made ham does take a bit of hob and oven time but it's minimal effort to prepare and maximum outcome. Make it at the weekend and you are set up for the week. Have it in sandwiches, soup, Carbonara, lentils and much more.

My ham glaze was the result of successful cupboard rummaging. Fig relish (if you can't get this then ginger jam or any fruit chutney), maple syrup, soy sauce, mustard, crushed black peppercorns and a shot of whiskey. It created a warm sticky slightly fruity coating. I have concluded that ham is not just for Christmas, it's for (an easy) life.

Fig and Black Pepper Baked Ham (serves 8)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 and a half hours
  • 1.5kg smoked gammon boneless joint
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions, peeled 
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
for the glaze:
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp whiskey
  • 2 tbsp fig relish (I used tracklemans) 
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
Make it!
  1. Cover the gammon joint with cold water, throw in the carrots, onion, bay and cloves and bring to the boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer for 2 hours. Then turn off the heat and let it cool completely (this keeps it moist). 
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas6. Remove the ham from the liquid and lay it on a foil lined baking tray. 
  4. Mix the glaze ingredients together then paint it all over the joint to coat it evenly.
  5. Bake for half an hour or until the surface is sticky (basting once midway) then leave to cool. It will keep refrigerated for up to a week.


  1. Hi, are you sure your timings are right? You say 2.5 hours cooking at the top but the you say two hours hob and two oven too, the oven timing seems like a lot? Thanks! Hel.

  2. Hi Hel, sorry you are completely right, the oven timing should say half an hour! Will get this corrected thanks for the heads up!


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