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Dec 10, 2009 10:00 AM

Recipe for candy-like ham glaze?

A friend of mine loves commercially prepared, sprial sliced hams with that sugary glaze that breaks off in chunks.

I'd like to try making him a ham similar to this for Christmas. I can't spiral slice it, but I'm hoping to reproduce the glaze somehow. The only glazes I've ever used have been syrupy with a texture that remains soft and sticky after baking.

Any recipe ideas are much appreciated!

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  1. i have done a bourbon - brown sugar glazed... it turned out fabulous...let me know if you want the recipe and i'll dig it up. :)

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    1. re: lollya

      Sure lollya, that sounds fabulous! I'd love to have it. Thanks in advance.

      1. re: 60s Girl

        good luck! i just spread it all over (a couple times through the baking process) and then reserved the rest for people to pour on at the table. :)

    2. One of the secrets I learned for getting a candy-like glaze is to cook the glaze ingredients until they get very very sticky. It gets harder as it cooks on the ham. This is one of my favorites:

      Plum Glaze for ham


      1/4 cup chutney, chopped
      1/4 cup plum jam
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
      1/8 teaspoon Tabasco
      1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
      1 clove garlic, minced

      Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer gently till thickened. Spread on ham, and use to baste.

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        Thank you Lollya and Trish! Guess what I'll be doing this weekend... ;-) I'll let you know how it all turns out.

      2. Well Lollya and Trish, just wanted to let you know that two events conspired to prevent me from making this ham this weekend: a rotten cold, and absolutely awful weather on the East coast. Oh well. It's definitely on my Christmas radar screen though. Good thing it's only mid-month!