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My Mom prepared ham using this recipe for holidays or special occasions, and it always made the house smell wonderful. I remember watching her 'crack' the blanket off the ham, which both flavored it and kept it extremely moist. I've eaten it many times, but haven't made it myself yet.
- Preheat oven to 350F; Make a spice dough, combining the flour, sugar, and spices in a large mixing bowl; add enough water or cider to make a stiff dough; roll until it is 1/4" thick and forms a 10x12" rectangle.
- Place the ham, fat side up, in a foil-lined open roasting pan; cover top and sides of ham with "blanket" of dough; bake at 350F for 3 hours (tent with foil if crust becomes too brown).
- Remove ham; discard "blanket" crust; let rest for 15 minutes. Slice ham; serve warm or cold.