Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham

Recipe courtesy of BerryWorld.

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham: A Classic Recipe

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham. Hello friends. Are you planning some Christmas meals? Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham, anyone? Also Dairy Free, Nut Free.

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham is a mouthwatering centerpiece that epitomizes the festive spirit of the holiday season. This succulent ham is adorned with a luscious cranberry glaze, which adds a delightful contrast of sweet and tart flavours to the savoury meat.

Updated Post. First published here 1st November 2018.

A classic Christmas recipe but this version maximises the festive flavours for minimal input. Rather than boiling the gammon then baking it. This recipe slow cooks in the oven which results in beautifully succulent ham and less washing up.

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham Ingredients.
  • Secondly, Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham Method.
  • Thirdly, Other Recipe Ideas.

How To Make Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham:

The cranberry glaze, often prepared with cranberry, maple syrup, and a hint of citrus, caramelises beautifully as it bakes, forming a glossy, irresistible coating. The result is a tender, juicy ham with a crispy, flavour-packed exterior.

This dish not only fills the air with the enchanting aroma of Christmas but also serves as a symbol of togetherness, bringing family and friends together for a memorable feast.

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham is a timeless classic that adds a burst of colouur and a burst of flavour to any holiday table, making it a must-have for a joyous and festive celebration.

Topped with cranberries, spices, maple and orange it really is maximum Christmas.

Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 270 mins

What You Will Need:

For The Ham:

  • 2kg – 2.5kg Gammon Joint
  • 500ml dry cider or apple juice
  • A cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf

For The Glaze:

  • 200g Cranberries
  • 6tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • one orange, zest only

How To Make Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham:


  1. Firstly, heat the oven to 160C/140C fan.
  2. Put the ham into a snuggly fitting oven dish and pour over the cider or apple juice. Top up with water until the pan is half full. Add the spices and bay leaf to the liquid and cover the whole thing tightly with two layers of non-stick foil. Put in the oven and bake for 4 hours.
  3. After 2 hours carefully check the liquid level and add a little water if there’s less than half of the liquid remaining.
  4. While the gammon is cooking make the glaze. Put all of the glaze ingredients into a saucepan and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until the mixture becomes thick. Set aside. After 4 hours remove the ham from the oven and carefully remove the foil and pour away the liquid.
  5. Turn the oven up to 200C/180C. When the ham is cool enough to handle, cut away the skin leaving a layer of fat. Score slashes into the fat to create a diamond pattern.
  6. Discard the whole spices from the glaze then spoon and spread half of it over the ham. Return to the oven for 20 minutes or until the outside of the ham is sizzling.
  7. Last but not least serve with the remaining sauce, as part of a buffet, main meal or sandwiches.

Note: This method of cooking will produce a melting-ly succulent ham so don’t worry if it doesn’t cut into perfect slices, it’s just as easy to serve it pulled into chunks and pieces.

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham: A Classic Recipe

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham:

So what do you think of this Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham? Do you fancy trying it? Recipe courtesy of BerryWorld.

Orange photo credits: pixel2013 on Pixabay | Cranberries photo credits: PublicDomainPictures Pixabay.

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Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham: A Classic Recipe

Cranberry Glazed Christmas Ham:

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  1. Pamela Graham
    22 November 2021 / 10:10

    I’m always on the lookout for a different way to cook my Christmas ham, this looks amazing. And we know that looks count so much towards taste and enjoyment.

  2. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    4 December 2020 / 18:33

    This ham is gorgeous!! It sounds so good!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you this Sunday at the party.

    • 6 December 2020 / 16:57

      Thanks for stopping by and hosting.

  3. 25 November 2018 / 22:51

    Your ham and your cheesecake recipes rocked! Congrats for being one of our featured guests this week – I love your food posts!

    • 27 November 2018 / 20:12

      Thanks so much for the feature.

  4. Ruth
    5 November 2018 / 17:04

    I need to try this recipe. It looks so tasty.

    • 11 November 2018 / 19:21

      Thanks for stopping by. Let us know if you get to try this recipe.

  5. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    2 November 2018 / 15:31

    My husband cooks a ham every Christmas eve. We’ve never tried it with cranberries before – what a great idea! I’ll pin and try to persuade him – he usually goes for a spicy one! xx Maria