Serves: 12

This is a recipe for a delicious Rum spiced Ham, perfect for the festive period – this could be served on Christmas eve or New Year’s Eve and would be perfect alongside slow cooked red cabbage and dauphinoise potatoes. It is surprisingly easy to prepare and any leftovers make the best sandwiches!


  • 4kg gammon joint, boneless
  • 450ml black treacle
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ an orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 50ml spiced rum
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Maldon salt Olive oil


1Traditionally, a gammon joint would often require soaking overnight to remove some of the strong salt from the cure. However, more often these days the butchers use cures which don’t require this – check with your butcher first if you are unsure.

2Take a large pan, big enough to hold your ham and to the pan fill it up halfway with water.

3To the water add the black treacle and mix in well.

4Then add your gammon joint and top up the pan with some more cold water until it just covers the ham.

5Then add the bay leaves, half an orange, cinnamon stick, star anise, black peppercorns and cloves.

6Then place on the hob and bring the liquid up the boil and then reduce to a low simmer and let it simmer for 2 hours 30 mins.

7Keep topping up the water level if necessary, to ensure the ham is evenly covered.

8Preheat oven to 180C.

9After 2 hours 30 mins remove the ham from the heat and allow to cool slightly before removing carefully from the pan of water.

10Place the ham on a large baking tray and using a sharp knife, score the skin in a diamond pattern.

11In small bowl mix together the spiced rum, 2 tbsp black treacle, Dijon mustard, Maldon salt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Use a pastry brush to rub this glaze all over the ham.

12Then place into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.

13Remove from the oven and brush again with any remaining glaze.

14Let the ham rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


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