Ok so Gordon Ramsey posted a recipe in BBC Good Food – I tried my best to follow it but I didnt have all the ingredients and I remember trying to find madeira wine vinegar and cloves in Tesco and it didnt happen.  A friend gave me some cloves and I made it K’s way! lol

In my opinion it tasted too sweet – but my diners assured me it was the best they had ever had!


  1. Unsmoked, boneless gammon joint – mines was 2.8kgs
  2. Carrot and leek chopped
  3. 1 cinnamon stick
  4. Pepper
  5. 25 whole cloves for studding


  1. 200g demerara sugar
  2. 25ml white wine vinegar
  3. 100ml of stock from the pot
  4. 250g honey



  • Put the gammon in a large pot and cover with water, add the carrot, leek, cinnamon stick and pepper and simmer for 3 hours (adjust to suit the weight of your gammon)
  • Have a kettle of boiling water on standby and top up the pot throughout the cooking time
  • After 3 hours take ham out the liquid and let it cool for a little while whilst your oven preheats to 170* and you make the glaze
  • Glaze – put sugar, stock, vinegar and stock in a pot and bring to boil.  Add honey, bring to boil then remove from heat
  • Score the fat in a criss cross pattern and then stud cloves all over the ham
  • Pour half of the glaze over the fat of the ham, roast for 15 mins, then pour over the rest and return to the oven for another 35 mins, basting with the pan juices 3-4 times as it bakes.
  • Turn the pan around a few times during cooking, so the fat colours evenly, and keep basting. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 mins before carving. 

Enjoy x