Celebrate Easter with a delicious maple-vanilla ham that is sure to impress your friends and family!

Maple-Vanilla Ham

This maple-vanilla ham is perfect for entertaining a crowd. The maple syrup adds a natural sweetness to the salty ham and the vanilla creates a touch of warmth that is sure to impress!

yield: 8 to 12
ingredients
instructions

Ingredients

10-pound ham, bone-in, skin removed
2 cups pure Canadian maple syrup
1 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 vanilla pods
1/2 cup maple sugar
 

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Instructions

  1. Place ham in a large dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cover, lower heat and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Split the vanilla beans and scrape out seeds into a medium bowl. Cut the pods crosswise into a total of 12 to 15 pieces; set pod pieces aside.
  3. Add to the bowl with the vanilla seeds: the maple syrup, orange juice and pepper. Stir to combine; set the glaze aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drain ham and pat dry before placing on a rack in a roasting pan, fatty side up.
  5. With a knife, make diamond-shape incisions in the fat of the ham. Stud each incision with a piece of vanilla pod.
  6. With a basting brush, cover the ham with some of the glaze and roast uncovered 1-1/2 hours, basting every 15 minutes.
  7. Fifteen minutes before removing from oven, sprinkle ham with maple sugar. Return ham to oven and roast until the sugar caramelizes to a glossy brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before carving. Collect the cooking juices, strain and serve with the ham.
 
Pure Maple Syrup
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.