ham glaze for baked ham
Main Dish

Brown Sugar Ham Glaze With Spices

A delicious ham glaze made with pineapple juice, raisins, and cherries and flavored with the heady spices of cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Serve over baked ham for a Christmas or Easter brunch.

This glaze for ham is quick and easy because you can make it in the microwave in about 5-10 minutes. Spoon this sweet and aromatic glaze liberally over your ham while it is baking. Be sure to save some extra back for serving warm at the dinner table. I think this could be good on pork or turkey too.

When baking a ham, place crosswise cuts into the top about an inch apart. Place whole cloves in the intersections of these cuts and then apply the glaze about half way through the recommended baking time and occasionally until finished baking.

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Glazed ham can be served as part of a holiday brunch menu or a special evening dinner along with a salad, steamed carrots, or snap peas and a rye dinner roll.

Ham Glaze For Baked Ham

Ham Glaze for Baked Ham
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A delicious ham glaze made with pineapple juice, raisins, cherries and flavored with cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. Serve over baked ham for brunch.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
  • 1-1/2 cups fruit juice (Pineapple usually works best)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh raisins
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  1. In a 1-quart glass pitcher, combine all ingredients and microwave on high, one minute at a time, stirring with a whisk in between each minute of microwave cooking time, until the ham glaze is thickened.
  2. To prepare your ham, take a sharp knife and lightly criss-cross cut the ham and place whole cloves in the intersections of the cuts. Begin baking the ham according to weight.
  3. Baste ham with the glaze mixture about halfway through the recommended cooking time of your ham.
  4. Occasionally spoon over ham during the remaining baking time of ham.
  5. Save some of the glaze back for spooning on at the table.
  6. An alternative method of preparation is to slice the ham first, place in a baking dish and pour ¾ of the glaze over the sliced ham and then bake according to the weight of the ham. Serve the remaining glaze warm at your breakfast or brunch table.

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Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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