Plum Glazed Ham

A beautiful ham to look at and to eat. Perfect for entertaining. You can also apply this glaze to a cooked ham. Just jump ahead to the glazing instruction.

September 22, 2019
: 35+
: 20 min
: 5 hr 30 min
: 5 hr 50 min
: Moderately easy

This red plum glazed ham is sticky, delicious and incredibly pretty. The perfect ham to have in your fridge for entertaining on tap!


  • 1 whole (or half) uncooked Wiltshire Ham (or cooked ham but start from step 6)
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 400ml water
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 bay leaves
  • zest 1 orange
  • Glaze
  • 300g red plum jam
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 75ml sloe gin
  • Step 1 Our Wiltshire cured hams and gammon boiling joint do not need soaking prior to cooking.
  • Step 2 Heat oven to 160’C/140’C fan/gas mark 3. Place the ham in a deep-sided roasting tin. Pour in the apple juice and top up with 400ml water.
  • Step 3 Add the spices, bay leaves and orange zest. Cover the ham tightly with foil, then bake for 5 hrs for a whole ham, 2 ½ hrs for a half ham and 1 ¾ hrs for the 1.2 gammon boiling joint.
  • Step 4 Remove the ham from the oven and increase the temperature to 200’C/180’C fan/gas mark 6. Discard the juices, spices and herbs from the roasting tray.
  • Step 5 Remove the skin from the ham being careful to leave a lovely fatty layer for glazing. Criss- cross the fat with a sharp knife to form a diamond pattern and return to the roasting tray.
  • Step 6 If using a cooked ham just start at this stage.
  • Step 7 Brush the glaze over the ham. Pop in the oven uncovered for approx. 25 mins until the ham is golden. If using a half ham or gammon boiling joint simply half the quantity of the glaze.
  • Step 8 Serve hot or cold.