Hot or cold, ham is irresistible and perfect for any buffet table and great served with Cumberland Sauce, one of the classic English sauces, provided it’s made with a good-quality redcurrant jelly. This sauce should not be thickened – it is meant to have a thinnish consistency.
2.5 kg Gammon (smoked or unsmoked)
1 stick of celery
a bouquet garni bundle
8 black peppercorns
For the Glaze:
50 g light brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon English mustard powder
For the Cumberland Sauce:
120 ml port
5 tablespoons good quality redcurrant jelly
2 tablespoons lemon juice
juice and shredded rind of 1 large orange
Soak the Gammon overnight in plenty of cold water to remove any excess salt. Next day remove from the water and rinse well. Place the gammon into a large pan cover with clean.fresh, cold water and bring to the boil. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface. Add the vegetables and seasonings and cover with a lid. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and cook for 2 hours. Turn off the heat and leave the gammon in the water for further 30 minutes. Remove carefully from the water and place on a wooden board. Gently remove the outer skin and score into diamond shapes. Place a whole clove into each diamond. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C – 350°F – Gas 4. Into a small saucepan place the mustard powder, sugar and golden syrup and heat gently to melt. Place the gammon into a roasting tin and spread the glaze all over the top. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Leave to stand in a warm place for 20 minutes before carving.
For the sauce: Place the orange juice, lemon juice, redcurrant jelly and port into a small saucepan and heat gently. Pour boiling water over the orange rind in a small bowl and when cooled drain and add the peel to the jelly. Cook gently for a further 2 -3 minutes. Pour into a gravy boat. Serve with the sliced gammon either hot or cold.
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