Recipe by damesangrita
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 :)
Top Review by Cinnamon1025
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.
- 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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.