Baked Ham for Easter

Sweetly seasoned ham roasted with moist heat is a delicious way to celebrate Easter. If using a pre-cooked ham, follow the directions on the package for baking times." Original recipe yield: 15 servings.


1 (12 pound) bone-in ham, rump portion

1/2 cup whole cloves

1 cup packed brown sugar

4 cups water, or as needed


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place ham in a roasting pan, and press whole cloves into the top at 1 to 2 inch intervals. Pack the top with a layer of brown sugar. Pour enough water into the bottom of the roasting pan to come to a 1 inch depth. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil or a lid.

Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours in the preheated oven (about 22 minutes per pound), or until the internal temperature of the ham has reached 160 degrees. Make sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.


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