Adam Liaw's date and brandy glazed ham

Adam Liaw
Date and brandy glazed ham.
Date and brandy glazed ham. Photo: William Meppem

While you're more likely to find dried fruit, spice and brandy flavours in a traditional Christmas pudding, they also go fantastically with ham.


½ cup date syrup

1 tbsp soy sauce

¼ cup brown sugar

2 cups apple juice

2 tbsp brandy

2 star anise

2 sticks cinnamon

8kg whole leg ham

¼ cup cloves

2 cups dates, to serve

dressed salad leaves, to serve


1. Combine the date syrup, soy sauce, brown sugar, apple juice, brandy, star anise and cinnamon in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes until the glaze reduces to the consistency of maple syrup. 

2. Heat your oven to 160C fan-forced (180C conventional). Remove the skin from the ham and score the fat. Stud with the cloves and brush liberally with the date and brandy glaze. Roast the ham for 1½ hours, brushing with thee glaze a few times throughout cooking. Serve the ham with the dates and dressed salad leaves.

Serve with: Adam Liaw's caramalised pineapple and cherry pavlova

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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