Forget about those corn syrupy “glaze” packets that come with hams. We wanted the real deal for our holiday stunner. We make a thickened glaze of maple syrup, apple juice, brown sugar, coarse mustard, and cloves and coat our ham not once, but twice, for a fabulous looking and tasting ham.
- 1 semi-boneless lean smoked half ham, about 6 pounds
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain deli mustard
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Use a sharp knife to slice a patchwork pattern across the skin of the ham, only slicing ⅛ inch into the meat of the ham.
- Place the scored ham in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil, and bake for 1 hour.
- Whisk the maple syrup, apple juice, brown sugar, mustard, cornstarch, and cloves in a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 3 minutes to create the glaze.
- Spoon half of the glaze over the entire surface of the ham, and return the ham to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Top the ham with the remaining glaze, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let the ham rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
HELPFUL TIP: Lining your roasting pan with aluminum foil or using a disposable pan is highly recommended for easy cleanup.