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Honeyed Ham with Pears and Cranberries

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The Christmas ham is made even more glorious by other ingredients associated with year's end. Baked pears and cranberries provide a balance of sugar and acidity. The ham is infused with cloves, and a warm glaze of cider, cinnamon, ginger, and honey draws out the meat's smoky-sweet flavor.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 fully cooked, smoked, bone-in ham, (about 10 pounds), trimmed of excess fat and skin
  • Whole cloves, for ham (about 45)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 Bosc pears, quartered and cored
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Score ham all over in a diamond pattern; insert cloves into diamonds. Place the ham in a large roasting pan. Pour cider and 1 cup honey over the ham. Bake 1 hour, basting with pan juices halfway through.

  2. Add cinnamon and pears to pan. Bake 45 minutes, basting twice. Sprinkle cranberries over pears; bake until pears are tender and cranberries begin to burst, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven. Using a slotted spoon, transfer fruit to a shallow bowl; cover with foil, and set aside.

  3. Ladle juices from pan into a medium saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup honey, the sugar, and ginger. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Cook until mixture is syrupy and has reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Pour glaze over ham; bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven; brush ham with glaze from pan. Let rest 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, and carve. Pour pan juices over pears and cranberries in bowl; serve with ham.

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  • Heather EH
    15 DEC, 2013
    I used this recipe tonight with a farm fresh ham and it was the most amazing ham I've ever eaten! My guests raved about it, even the ones who claimed to have never liked ham. It will be my new go-to christmas ham recipe, for sure. Thank you Martha!
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  • Shannonpgh
    21 DEC, 2012
    HELP! How do I adjust this recipe if I am using a semi-boneless ham?
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  • MS11367102
    16 DEC, 2012
    A wonderful recipe that even an infrequent cook can manage.
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  • hillsgoodman
    19 NOV, 2011
    I have made this ham for Thanksgiving every year for the last 5 years! It is THE best ham recipe around! SO easy too and it looks very pretty with the pears and cranberries surrounding it!
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  • artie63
    20 MAR, 2008
    This is the best ham recipe I've ever made. I get requests for this every Christmas and Easter. The pears and cranberries make a great side dish
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  • ChristyAnneSanchez
    19 NOV, 2007
    This is a wonderfully sweet ham! It is a favorite of mine and my extended family. We were discussing the Thanksgiving menu the other day and my mother in law requested that I make this ham. Everyone agreed, so I know that it was a big hit!
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