Apple Spice Glazed Ham

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This fabulous recipe to compliment your Meat Cuisine ham has been expertly provided by celebrity chef Allyson Gofton and is featured in the December issue of NEXT magazine.

"Apple syrup is to New Zealand like maple syrup is to Canada. Inspired by its intense apple flavour I have married it with the spices that make up the classic French 'quatre epices' (4 spices) blend, which is used to flavour pates and other charcuterie. Together they give this ham a sensational deep golden and highly aromatic glaze. Left for a day or so, the flavour of the glaze works its way through the fat layer into the meat giving it a delicious taste." - Allyson Gofton


  • 1 champagne leg ham (see Cook’s Tip)
  • 4 tblsp apple syrup
  • 1 tsp 4 spice blend (recipe follows) or use mixed spice
  • About 20 whole cloves


Spice Blend:

  • 2 ½ tsp finely grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ½ tblsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cloves


1. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut between the skin and the fat layer of the ham and when possible discard the knife and use your fingers to carefully loosen the skin from the fat. Doing it this way will ensure you have a smooth fat layer to decorate. Place the ham on a foil-lined tray.

2. Mix together the apple syrup and spices and brush this mixture liberally over the ham.

3. To Glaze; bake at 180 degrees C for 40-45 minutes or until the glaze is golden. With a large ham it is best to turn it around in the oven to ensure even glazing. Once glazed remove from the oven and place a whole clove in the centre of each diamond. Decorate the hock end with the fresh herbs and spices such as cinnamon quills if wished. Garnish the plate with seasonal fruits or vegetable.

Spice Mix

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

Cook’s Tip


A Champagne leg of Ham is one where the bone has been removed but the hock end bone remains. These hams are ideal for carving as you can slice evenly from the base of the ham leg.

Products Allyson Used



The manuka smoked and gently steamed South Island reared ham is available here at Meat Cuisine.
See Champagne Ham


Gusto apple syrup from Stam's in the Hawke's Bay can be found in selected supermarkets and delicatessens, though other brands are also available.

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