The golden ale adds a bitter note to the sweetness and fat, so the ham really doesn't need any more accompaniment than a quality apple sauce and a simple green salad.
- 1 easy-carve leg ham (about 7kg; see note)
- 345 ml golden ale, such as James Squire
- 1 orange, finely grated rind only
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 110 gm (½ cup) brown sugar
- 180 gm (½ cup) honey
- To decorate: shaved orange rind
- 1Preheat oven to 180C. Remove skin from ham (keep skin to cover leftover ham), and score a diamond pattern across the fat with a small sharp knife. Place in a large roasting pan and set aside.
- 2Combine remaining ingredients (except orange rind) in a bowl, season to taste.
- 3Brush orange rind with a little glaze, then scatter over a tray lined with baking paper and set aside. Pour remaining glaze over ham, covering ham completely. Transfer to oven and baste regularly until glaze begins to set (30-40 minutes), then increase oven to 200C and baste regularly until ham is golden and glazed (40-50 minutes).
- 4Meanwhile, roast orange rind until golden (5-10 minutes). Scatter over ham and serve.
Note Easy-carve hams are available from your butcher but may need to be ordered ahead.
Drink Suggestion: Hoppy, aromatic ale. Drink suggestion by Max Allen
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