Kirsch & Honey Glazed Ham with Christmas Compote

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  • Serves: 8-10
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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Kirsch & Honey Glazed Ham with Christmas Compote

Vegetarians please look away now! It really doesn’t get more festive than making your Christmas ham, all those Christmas aromas, cloves, cinnamon and tangerines and the mouth-watering smell of roast ham.


  • For the Glazed Ham
  • 4.5kg cooked, smoked ham 
  • 200g brown sugar 
  • 200g honey 
  • 100mls cider or apple vinegar 
  • the juice from a jar of cherries, reserve the cherries for the compote 
  • 100ml Kirsch 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 tangerine
  • For the Christmas Compote
  • 2 small onions, chopped 
  • 75g speck, diced (pancetta or bacon will also work) 
  • skin of one tangerine, finely diced 
  • 2 x 140g jars cranberry sauce 
  • 1 jar cherries (see above)
  • 10 cloves 
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • splash of cider or apple vinegar 
  • 100mls water

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  • Take a sharp knife and score the rind of the ham all over.
  • For the glaze, mix together the brown sugar, honey, cider vinegar, cherry juice, kirsch season with pepper and whisk together to combine.
  • Pour over the ham and squeeze over the juice of one tangerines. 
  • Place in the oven at 180c for an hour and 30 minutes basting the ham every 30 minutes - be very careful while doing this, the sugary glaze will get very hot!  
  • Sauté the onion with the speck and soften for a couple of minutes. Add the finely chopped tangerine rind to the pan. 
  • Add the jars of cranberry sauce, cherries, cloves, cinnamon stick, vinegar 
  • and a little water. Season with salt and pepper and cook over a medium heat for roughly 20 minutes.
  • Serve the Kirsch & honey glazed ham with the Christmas compote.