Maple-Glazed Ham With Raisin Sauce

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”90 min” serves=”10″ details=”” ] Ham was precious because it took so much of the hog to

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”90 min” serves=”10″ details=”” ]

Maple Glazed Ham Recipe With Picture

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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] 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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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.[/step-item] [/step-list-wrapper]

[nutrition-info calories=”258″ calories_fat=”” fat=”6g” sat_fat=”2g” choles=”49g” sodium=”1,121mg” carbs=”30g” sugars=”” protein=”21g” fiber=”1g”]

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[step-list-wrapper title=”Scoring Ham” time=””]
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. [/step-list-wrapper]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest