April 24, 2011

Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

When it came time to prepare the ham for our Easter meal, I decided to skip the glaze that came with the ham and make one of my own.  That was a really easy decision since the glaze was full of unspecified "food starches" and other unappetizing-sounding ingredients.   I knew I wanted a combination of brown sugar and maple flavors, and for the glaze to give the ham a bit of browning on the outer layer.

The glaze was ready in a couple of minutes, and it took only a few more minutes to get the ham ready for cooking.   I figured out how much time it would need to cook, based on weight, and took off the foil covering the ham during the last 20 minutes of that time, to allow the ham to brown.

For a minimum of work, we got a great, flavorful ham.  It tasted great as part of our Easter feast (I particularly liked it topped with Pineapple Custard), and now we have lots of ham for sandwiches and for other dishes. 

Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

2              teaspoons granulated (white) sugar
2              teaspoons light brown sugar
2              teaspoons maple sugar
1              bone-in, spiral-sliced ham

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add white, brown and maple sugars in a small bowl and stir to mix thoroughly.   Place the ham on its side in a foil-lined baking pan.

Rub the surface of the ham lightly and evenly with the sugar mixture. 

Fan the slices of ham and sprinkle in a bit more of the sugar mixture, then sprinkle the remainder of the sugar mixture on the top surface of the ham. 

Wrap in foil and bake for about 15 minutes per pound weight of the ham.  Remove foil cover for the last 15-20 minutes of baking.

Remove ham from the oven, slice and serve.

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