Sloe Gin Roasted Ham

INGREDIENTS

3.5kg ham or gammon joint

250 ml apple juice

1 small onion

1 stick of celery

1 star anise, a few peppercorns & several cloves

2 tbsp dark brown soft sugar

200ml Sloemotion Sloe Gin

METHOD

First, soak the ham overnight in cold water to remove the excess salt, then drain and weigh it. Put the ham in a large pan and pour in the apple juice and cold water to cover, add the onion, celery, star anise and peppercorns.  Bring slowly to just under a boil, then simmer for 25 mins per 450g. After boiling put the oven to 220c.  Lift out the ham and remove the skin leaving behind an even layer of fat.  Score a diamond pattern on the fat and stud each diamond with a clove and press on the sugar.  Put in a roasting pan and pour the Sloemotion Sloe Gin around the ham. Roast for 40 mins, basting it now and then until ham looks slightly caramelised.

Sloe - celbrating 10 years