Christmas dinner isn't complete without a beautiful ham on the table. This bourbon and peach Christmas ham glaze recipe will have your family and friends coming back for seconds this Christmas!
This glaze has the boozy flavour of bourbon that every Christmas ham needs and the sweet addition of the peach to give it that sticky finish.
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How to glaze a Christmas ham
Once you have prepared the glaze ingredients set a side.
To prepare your ham carefully remove the skin layer, do this by sliding your knife under the skin and slowly pull the skin away. Do this in sections making sure you don't cut into the meat or remove too much of the fat layer.
With a sharp knife make a crisscross pattern in the fat layer of your ham, keeping a 3cm space between each slice. Only cut your pattern as deep as the fat layer. Place your ham onto a large oven dish and add a cup of water into the bottom of the tray. Generously brush over your glaze, keeping some back for extra basting. Baste the ham every 30 minutes to add extra flavour and shine. Yum!
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Our bourbon and peach Christmas ham glaze recipe will be a favourite around the dinner table. We would love to see the beautiful centerpieces around your table this Christmas.
Enjoy and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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Bourbon And Peach Christmas Ham
- 1 Ham Leg 8-9 Kg
- 2 Peaches Diced
- 120 g Brown sugar
- 1 Lemon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Ground coriander
- 100 ml Bourbon (we used a honey bourbon)
- 1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- Preheat your oven to 140 deg C.
- Heat a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat. Add the peaches, brown sugar and lemon juice, reduce this down to a jam like consistency.
- Add the cumin, coriander, honey bourbon and vinegar, bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Blend in a small food processor until smooth. Set aside until you are ready to glaze your ham.
- Take your ham leg and carefully remove the skin layer, do this by sliding your knife under the skin, do this in sections making sure you don't cut into the meat or remove too much of the fat layer.
- Make a crisscross pattern in the fat layer of your ham, keeping a 3cm space between each slice. Only cut your pattern as deep as the fat layer.
- Place your ham onto a large oven dish and add a cup of water into the bottom of the tray.
- Generously brush over your glaze, keeping some back for extra basting.
- Place the ham into your pre heated oven on a lower rack and baste every 30 minutes, cook your ham for 2.5 hours.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest and cool. Whilst cooling you can continue to spoon over the juices that are in the base of your oven dish for an extra boost of flavour.
- This glaze will work beautiful with any size of ham, just adjust the cooking time.
- If fresh peaches are not available you can use tinned ones.
- Keep an eye on the water in the base of the pan, if it dries add a little more.
- We used Honey Bourbon but regular bourbon will work great too.