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Baked Ham Recipe with Fruit Glaze

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Baked Ham Recipe - Baked Ham with Fruit Glaze

Baked ham with fruit glaze.

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Baked Ham with Fruit Glaze

This baked ham recipe is made with any fully cooked, bone-in smoked ham that is labeled "ready to eat" or "ready to serve." To make the fruit glaze, we simply brush the ham with fruit preserves. Apricot, peach or pineapple preserves will work beautifully.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-pound bone-in smoked ham, labeled "ready to eat" or "ready to serve."
  • 1 cup fruit preserves (apricot, peach or pineapple) (Also see variation below.)

Preparation:

  1. Take the ham out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.

  2. Drain, rinse and pat dry the ham. Set the ham skin-side-up on a cutting board.

  3. With a sharp paring knife, score the ham crossways at two-inch intervals, making a diamond pattern. This will make it easier to remove the skin and excess fat later.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  5. Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil, and pour 2 cups of water into the pan.

  6. Set a roasting rack in the pan and place the ham, skin-side-up, on the rack. Insert a probe thermometer into the deepest part of the ham, being careful not to hit the bone. Transfer to the oven and bake for about three hours or until the thermometer reads 120°F.

  7. Remove the ham from the oven, take out the thermometer, and with a pair of tongs pull the skin and excess fat off the ham. Leave about ¼ inch of fat all around.

  8. Now generously brush the ham with the fruit preserves so that it is thickly covered. Insert the probe thermometer in a different spot and return the ham to the oven. Bake for another hour or until the thermometer reads 140°F.

  9. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for about 30 minutes, then carve and serve.
One 15-pound ham will serve 20 people, but even if you have fewer people, the leftovers are wonderful.

Variation: Instead of fruit preserves, you can brush the ham with maple syrup or honey in Step #8 above.
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