Sweet Baked Ham with Cloves

    5 hours 35 min

    This is a great alternative roast for Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner. Ham is seasoned with dark brown soft sugar and cloves and baked in a slow oven.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 1 (5.4kg) bone-in ham
    • 50g whole cloves
    • 220g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 litre water or as needed

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:5hr  ›  Extra time:20min resting  ›  Ready in:5hr35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Place ham in a roasting tin and press whole cloves into the top at 2.5 to 5cm intervals. Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar. Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting tin to come to a 2.5cm depth. Cover the tin tightly with foil.
    3. Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven (about 45 minutes per kilo) or until the internal temperature of the ham reaches 72 degrees C. Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

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    I used a smoked ham so really only had to heat it through and not 'cook' it so I put it in for 2 hours. I skipped the cloves because I didn't have any. The ham turned out moist and tender with a hint of swweetness. Very simple to do.  -  21 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this recipe and would have given it 5 stars, but my daughter thought it was a bit sweet, which frankly is never a problem for me. I used an already cooked turkey ham and it worked out great.  -  16 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've made this twice now and both times it has been perfect! It's the moistest ham I've ever made. Thanks for the recipe!  -  25 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)