Basic Baked Ham

    5 hours 15 minutes

    This is the most basic of ham preparations but it has sufficed our family for many years, we serve with boiled potatoes and vegetables.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 1 (6kg) bone-in ham, rump portion
    • 1/2 cup whole cloves
    • 1 cup (155g) brown sugar
    • 1 litre water, or as needed

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:5hours  ›  Ready in:5hours15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Place ham in a roasting tin and press whole cloves into the top at 2 to 4cm intervals.
    3. Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar. Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting tin to come to a 2cm depth. Cover the tin tightly with aluminium foil or a lid.
    4. Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven or until hot all the way through. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

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    I used a smoked ham so really only had to heat it through and not 'cook' it so I put it in for 2 hours. I skipped the cloves because I didn't have any. The ham turned out moist and tender with a hint of swweetness. Very simple to do.  -  21 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved this recipe and would have given it 5 stars, but my daughter thought it was a bit sweet, which frankly is never a problem for me. I used an already cooked turkey ham and it worked out great.  -  16 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've made this twice now and both times it has been perfect! It's the moistest ham I've ever made. Thanks for the recipe!  -  25 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)