A Christmas inspired recipe with the gammon infused with aromates and finished with a lovely maple syrup glaze.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
4 bay leaves
4 juniper berries
3 star aniseed
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 onion, studded with cloves
500ml dry cider
4-5 kg leg of gammon, unsmoked
1 1/2 tsp English mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
150ml Maple Syrup
30ml balsamic or red wine vinegar
150g golden caster sugar
To Cook: Place the gammon in a large saucepan and pour over the cider and enough cold water to cover the ham. Place the rest of the cooking ingredients in the pan. Bring the liquid to a strong simmer then reduce the temperature so that is at a low simmer (skim off any scum that rises to the top. Cook the ham for 20 minutes per 500g.
To Bake: Preheat an oven to 180°C. Remove the gammon from the liquid and allow it to cool for for 15-20 minutes. Using a sharp knife remove the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat on the meat. Score the fat all over on an angle in a criss-cross fashion so that you are left with diamonds around 2-3cm.
Place the gammon in a baking tray. Mix the ground ginger and mustard together so that they are well combined and rub the mixture into the gammon well. Stud each corner of the diamonds with the cloves. Mix the maple syrup and vinegar togehter in a bowl until well combined. Brush the the gammon all over with the maple syrup and vinegar. finely sprinkle over the golden caster sugar.
Place in the preheated oven on the centre shelf. Leave to cook for 40-45 minutes basting it regularly.
Remove the gammon from the oven an allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving if serving hot or allow it cool totally (around 1 hour) and refigerate until ready to serve (can be prepared up to 2 days in advance).
The gammon can be boiled 2 days in advance, glazed and baked on the day if you wish to serve it hot.