• The tartness of the pomegranate molasses marries beautifully with the cardamom and ginger. Pomegranate molasses is available at delis, Thrupps and selected Woolworths stores. 

    Pomegranate-glazed Christmas ham

    Serves: 4 - 6
    Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 mins plus extra for boiling


    • 3kg ham
    • 3 carrots, chopped
    • 1 onion, halved
    • 10 juniper berries
    • 2 thyme sprigs
    • 20ml salt
    • 4 celery stalks
    • GLAZE

    • 300ml pomegranate molasses
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • juice of 1 orange
    • 400ml dry white wine
    • 20ml sugar
    • 10 cardamom seeds, crushed
    • 50ml glazed ginger syrup
    • 2 pieces glazed ginger, finely sliced
    • 50ml honey



    Place the ham in a deep pot and cover with water. Add the rest of the ingredients and boil over medium heat for 2 hours and 30 minutes.


    Put the glaze ingredients in a pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C.


    Gently lift out the ham and discard the liquid. Carefully remove the rind and discard, score the fat into strips and brush generously with half of the glaze.


    Bake the ham, brushing with the remaining glaze now and then, until the glaze has settled, about 1 hour.


    Serve sliced hot or cold with beetroot and caramelised pears.