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Baked Ham with Spiced Apples and Pears Recipe

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Baked Ham with Spiced Apples and Pears Recipe

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This baked ham with spiced apples and pears recipe is the essence of Quebecois holiday food. It's substantial enough for frosty Canadian nights, and made with locally sourced maple syrup and orchard fruit. The fact the it fills the house with an irresistible aroma as it bakes and browns is almost beside the point. Almost. This maple baked ham is the full holiday experience in one dish: sweet, smoky, salty, and spicy flavors blend to make an intoxicating and unforgettable winter meal.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 servings maple ham

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-lb smoked, fully-cooked, spiral-cut ham
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 sweet-tart baking apples, cored and halved
  • 4 pears, cored and halved

Preparation:

How to make baked ham with spiced apples and pears:

Preheat the oven to 325F. Using kitchen twine, wrap the ham first vertically, and then once on each diagonal, making sure to loop around the bottom of the ham, to hold it together. Place the ham in a large, deep roasting pan, cut side down.

Dissolve the dry mustard in the 1/4 cup water. Stir the mustard mixture into the brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Brush the maple glaze over the surface of the ham. Arrange the apples and pears around the ham and bake it, uncovered, for 1 hour and 40 minutes, basting the ham and fruit every 20 minutes. Loosely tent foil over the ham if it appears to be browning too quickly.

Allow the ham and fruit to cool down slightly before removing the twine and serving warm or at room temperature.

This baked ham with maple glaze and spiced fruit recipe makes 10 to 12 servings.

Serving suggestions:

Option 1: Serve maple glazed ham with sautéed green beans, oven-roasted sweet potatoes, a chopped side salad, and chive biscuits.

Option 2: Serve maple glazed ham with steamed asparagus spears, potato and onion gratin, sautéed carrots, and a country loaf, cut on the diagonal.

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 5 out of 5
Delicious, Member jkling1961

I made this for Christmas Eve 2012 intending to leave it out for my wife so we both could pick at it all afternoon and evening. Also made sweet potato biscuts to accompany. I did add some cranberries just to give the fruit and the au jus a slight tart flavor. I also subsituted Vermont Maple sugar free maple syrup as we have type 2 diabetes. Also used the Splenda/brown sugar blend instead of straight brown sugar. Will probably make this for a New Years Eve party.

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