Maple-Glazed Ham With Raisin Sauce

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  • prep 15 min    cook 90 min
  • serves 10
Maple Glazed Ham Recipe With Picture Photo copyright © Michael Jensen, From Like Grandma Used to Make

Ham was precious because it took so much of the hog to get just one piece of meat. So, women saved it for a festive occasion and then served it with a special company’s-coming sauce.


  • 1 cooked ham, shank portion (4 to 41/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup maple-flavored syrup or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 11/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Score the top of the ham into diamonds, then stud the ham with whole cloves (tip, right). Place the ham on a rack in a large shallow baking pan. Insert a roasting thermometer in the center of the thickest portion without touching bone. Bake for 11/4 hours.

  • 2

    Meanwhile, to prepare the maple glaze, in a small saucepan, combine the maple-flavored syrup, butter, corn syrup, the 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, and ground cloves. Bring to a boil; remove the pan from heat.

  • 3

    Brush the ham with some of the maple glaze. Bake for 15 minutes more or until thermometer registers 135°F., brushing once or twice with the remaining glaze. Cover ham with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

  • 4

    Meanwhile, to prepare the raisin sauce, in a medium-size saucepan, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the apple juice, raisins, the 3 tablespoons orange juice, vinegar, orange rind, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.

  • 5

    Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to thicken. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until thickened. Serve the ham with the raisin sauce. Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 258
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 49g
  • Sodium: 1,121mg
  • Carbs: 30g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Fiber: 1g

    Scoring Ham 

    Add an old-fashioned, decorative touch to baked ham by scoring the top and studding it with cloves. The scoring also allows the glaze to penetrate the meat.

    1. To score the ham, use a small sharp knife to diagonally cut 1/4-inch-deep parallel lines in the top of the ham about 1 inch apart. Make another series of cuts at right angles to form diamonds.

    2. Using your fingers, insert a whole clove in the middle of each of the diamonds. You may find it easier to pierce the meat first with the point of a skewer and then insert the clove.

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