Sidewood Apple Cider Christmas Ham

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Given my uncanny ability to burn anything I touch in the kitchen, I do understand why my friends and family don’t want to play Russian roulette by trusting me in the kitchen to cook something that has a 50% chance of being edible on a day like Christmas.

The burden of responsibility I usually am given on Christmas Day is bringing the wine and setting the table. While I’ve always taken the very important role of Décor Coordinator very seriously I can’t bring myself to sit through another three hour You Tube tutorial learning how to make the perfect Christmas character with a napkin to try and make my mark on the event.

After six month’s of tense negotiations I’m elated to announce I’ve been offered the incredibly prestigious honour of Master Of all things Ham. This year is finally my moment to let my culinary skills shine. (PS final negotiations ended with “If you could grab 1kg of sliced or shaved leg ham for Christmas that would be great” which to me means “please buy a 4kg ham and create an extravagant centrepiece for the table” doesn’t it?).

This Sidewood Apple Cider Christmas ham recipe is as idiot proof as they come and looks so impressive it will make the perfect Christmas Table centrepiece and amazing for lunches for the foreseeable future.

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  • 4kg x Cooked Leg Ham
  • 2 x Teaspoons Whole Cloves
  • 330ml x Sidewood Apple Cider
  • 1 x Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 x Cinnamon sticks




Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C or 160C for fan-forced. Cut through the skin around the end of the ham about 8cms from shank and gently peel back skin with your fingers separating the skin from the fat which you can then discard

Step 2: Using a small knife, score fat diagonally 4cm apart and repeat in opposite direction to create a crosshatch pattern.

Step 3: Wrap shank end in foil and place ham on wire rack of a large roasting pan.

Step 4: Push whole cloves into the cross hatches.

Step 5: Pour Sidewood Apple Cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks into a saucepan over medium- heat bringing it to a simmer and stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.

Step 6: Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes until the liquid has thickened slightly before letting stand for 10 minutes. After discarding the cinnamon sticks pour the liquid into a heatproof jug

Step 8: Place ham in a large roasting pan and add enough boiling water to reach 2cm up sides of pan.

Step 9: Brush the cider mixture over the ham and place in oven.

Step 10: Ham should be brushed with cider mixture every 20 minutes for 1 hour 30 or until ham is golden.

Step 11: Enjoy!


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