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Honeyed Ham with Pears and Cranberries


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


  • 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


  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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