Baked Christmas ham with apple, celery and walnut salad

Serves 6
Preparation time 15 min
Cooking time 80 min


  • 1 x 4kg ham on or off the bone
  • 750ml apple cider
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons seeded mustard
  • Salad
  • 3 apples
  • 50ml apple cider vinegar
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seeded mustard
  • 1/2 head celery with leaves
  • 50g toasted walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C
  2. Carefully peel the skin off the ham, place the ham into a large baking dish and pour over most of the cider, saving a little for the paste
  3. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, basting often
  4. Mix together the sugar, ginger and mustard with the remaining cider into a paste
  5. After 1 hour, remove ham from the oven and increase oven temperature to 200°C
  6. With a sharp knife score the layer of fat by cutting squares 1cm in size into the fat
  7. Smear the paste over the ham and return to the oven
  8. Bake for another 15-20 minutes, until golden brown, cool then slice
  9. Salad
  10. Slice the apple, place into a bowl and pour over the vinegar, oil and mustard
  11. Toss to combine
  12. Pick the celery leaves and add to the bowl with the sliced celery and the walnuts
  13. Toss and serve with slices of the baked ham, warm crusty bread and lots of butter

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