Monday, April 29, 2013

Honey Baked Ham (Copycat recipe)

From: Mommy's Kitchen

3 1/2- lbs ham (spiral cut smoked, fully cooked)
1/2 - cup pear or apple juice
1/2 - cup orange juice
1/2 - cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 - cup honey
hand held butane torch

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the ham, cut end down, in a large baking pan.  Mix the pear or apple juice with the orange juice in a bowl and mix.  Pour the juice mixture over the ham and bake for 15 minutes basting frequently with juices. Remove from oven.  Mix brown sugar and honey together in a small bowl.  Brush mixture over ham and bake for another hour or until internal temperature reads 140°F.  Using a butane torch carefully caramelize the glaze to the crust using small strokes.

Thumbs up! I am never buying deli ham again. Literally. I can't believe I have waited so long to cook a ham. I'm not sure why I was so afraid. About a month ago I caught a ham on sale for $0.99/lb and I scooped one up (it was just over 8 lbs). I figured I may as well take the plunge and try to cook it. Found this recipe and made this for dinner the night Stephen just returned from his last deployment. It doesn't get any easier than this. I threw away the glaze packet that came with the ham. I did everything just as this recipe specified (I used apple juice and orange juice) but my ham did take about 3 1/2 hours to cook. When it was done, we used the butane torch to caramelize the outside (see first picture) but all it did was harden the spot that we torched. I ended up matting on extra brown sugar with some juices and then torching it lightly. This added the "Honeybaked Ham" skin that we love so much! If you're scared of cooking a ham, like I was, I strongly encourage you to try this recipe. It was incredibly simple and made a ton of ham. I'll never be afraid again!

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