Prep 1 hr
Cook 5 hrs
This is a Quebec recipe, we make for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is a recipe which has been passed down for my great great grandmother, my grandmother made this, my mom, my aunties, now I am sharing this family recipe with you all. Soon to be in my new cookbook at Cafepress :)
- 1 (9 lb) ham (4 kg)
maple syrup water
- 2 cups maple syrup, combined with
- 10 cups water
- 2 cups dried raisins
- 2 cups maple sugar, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard (Keen's Dried Mustard)
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves (optional)
- 4 teaspoons apple juice
- In a large pot bring the ham to a boil in the maple syrup water.
- Reduce the heat and let simmer on low heat for 3 to 4 hours, or until the ham is tender.
- Remove the ham from the water and let sit for 15 minutes or until cooled.
- Reserve a few cups of this water for later use.
- Once ham is cooled remove the rind and place aside for now.
- In a bowl crush the maple sugar and mix with the mustard and apple juice, stir well till blended.
- Add the cloves to the maple sugar and juice mixture and let sit for 15 minutes until the flavors blend together.
- Place your ham in a roasting pan and baste your ham with the maple sugar juice mixture, making sure to heavily coat the whole ham.
- Add a cup or more of the ham water into your roasting pan and add the ham rind.
- Add the raisins, placing some raisins over the the top of ham.
- Bake ham for 40 to 50 minutes in a 300°F oven. Baste your ham often adding more ham water if needed, the more the tastier it will be.
- Remove from oven and place on serving platter, pour the raisins and maple syrup drippings over the ham.
- Note: I use quebec smoked ham. My mother makes this ham with bacon strips over top of ham held on with toothpicks. Like I said the more flavors the tastier it will be. We make this ham for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Serve with mashed potatoes, carrots and turnips all whipped together.
The best ham I have ever had. My family has unanimously decided to make it a yearly Christmas tradition. The only thing we did different was leave out the raisins, since I don't care for them. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.