Sugar glazed spiced gammon Recipe

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10 min


2 hr

Gammon is one of the cheapest joints you can buy and is a tasty extra to the Christmas dinner table. This sugar glazed spiced gammon is sweet, salty and warming and works perfectly with a roast dinner or mashed potato. Plus, if there are any leftovers it makes for a brilliant sandwich the next day.


  • Gammon joint
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20 cloves, approx


  • Place the gammon in a pan of cold water that just covers the joint. Pop in the bay leaves and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the cooking time for your joint. (25min per 500g, plus 20min).

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.

  • Remove the gammon from the pan and place on a chopping board. Remove any netting or string and carefully remove any skin leaving a layer of fat. Score the fat with criss-cross lines to form diamonds.

  • Rub the dijon mustard all over the gammon and then sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon. Then carefully push a clove into the each corner of the diamond criss-cross. Use a sharp knife to pierce the joint lightly if necessary.

  • Place the gammon in a baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the joint is golden colour.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest in a warm place covered with foil before serving.

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For extra decadence drizzle the joint with maple syrup or treacle before roasting in the oven.

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