About this recipe:This recipe has become, hands-down, my favourite ham! This has replaced our Christmas ham and makes the entire house smell amazing! There is nothing like coming home with this ham cooking! Experiment with the amounts of seasonings to your liking. I prefer more nutmeg but some prefer less nutmeg and more maple syrup!
1 (1.3kg) middle cut gammon joint
30 whole cloves
750ml cloudy apple juice, or as needed
200g dark brown soft sugar
225ml maple syrup
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cloves
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 orange peel
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Press whole cloves into the ham so they are evenly distributed. You may score the ham for easier insertion if you wish. Place the ham in a slow cooker. Pour in apple juice until only about 5cm of ham is above the surface. Pack the brown sugar on top of the ham, pressing into the cloves. This will get washed away in the next step but any that stays on is a bonus.
Pour the maple syrup over the ham. Season the apple juice with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves and vanilla. Add the orange peel to the pot. Fill the slow cooker as full as you can with apple cider without going over the fill line. Cover and set to Low. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.
This could have been a five star recipe, but I found 30 cloves in a slow cooker was way too many. The clove taste overpowered everything else. It's such a shame, as it smelled gorgeous when it was cooking. Apart from the excessive 'cloviness', it tasted really good too. - 27 Nov 2009