Roast Lamb with Honey Cider Gravy

    1 hour 45 min

    A simple, but deliciously different take on the traditional roast lamb. A leg of lamb is brushed with honey, roasted and served with a honey and cider gravy. Enjoy with roasted potatoes.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (2.25kg) leg of lamb
    • 4 tablespoons clover honey
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
    • 250ml apple cider
    • 2 tablespoons honey

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a roasting tin with foil, letting enough foil hang from each side of the tin to create a foil tent that won't touch the meat.
    2. Place leg of lamb into prepared tin. Warm up 4 tablespoons honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Brush the honey all over the lamb. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper to taste and place the rosemary sprig onto the lamb. Pull the ends of the foil together over the lamb and pinch the ends together to make a foil tent.
    3. Roast lamb in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 180 C / Gas 4 and continue roasting for about 1 hour.
    4. Open up the foil and roast an additional 20 minutes to crisp the outside of the meat. For medium-rare, roast until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 60 degrees C. Remove the lamb from the oven and place on a warmed serving plate to rest about 15 minutes before slicing. Pour the drippings from the roasting tin into a saucepan and wrap the lamb loosely in the foil to rest.
    5. Pour cider and 2 tablespoons of honey into the saucepan with the lamb drippings and boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce reduces by about half, about 10 minutes. Slice the lamb and spoon sauce over the slices to serve.

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    Reviews in English (6)


    Tis was a fantastic dish that we prepared for Christmas dinner, Thank you for sharing  -  26 Dec 2012


    Light and sweet taste. Even my picky husband liked it. LOL I would recommend basting the lamb (like a turkey) with it's own juices several times while it's in the oven so that it comes out moist.  -  23 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made the recipe as stated but decided to take it a step further by marinating it in a cup of hard apple cider and rubbing the lamb with the sweet version of 'quatre epice' with the addition of white pepper. The sauce was really good, but next time I would make more. The lamb tasted overly game-y this time, perhaps the spices I used brought out that flavour, and I would try the savoury variation next time, or use less spices. Tasty.  -  15 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)