Recipe: Old Speckled Hen Baked Gammon

There is nothing that captures the warmth of winter than a cooked ham.  Enjoy warm or slice for thick chunky sandwiches.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 6 hours

Serves: 6 – 8


  • 3kg to 3.5kg piece unsmoked gammon
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 x 500ml bottles Old Speckled Hen
  • 3 tbsp black treacle
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard


Place the gammon joint into a large lidded saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Drain the water from the saucepan; pour in the Old Speckled Hen (the gammon should be covered so use as much of the ale as needed or top with water if required). Add the onions, carrots, celery, cloves, bay leaves and peppercorns and bring to the boil once more. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer the gammon and vegetables gently for twenty minutes per 500g.

Remove the gammon from the saucepan and set aside to cool for fifteen minutes. Reserve 300ml of the stock and the rest can be used to make soup.

Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan oven 200°C, 425°F/Gas 7. Cut away the skin leaving a thick layer of fat underneath. Use the tip of a sharp knife to score the fat. Place in a foil-lined roasting tin, fat side up.

Pour the 300ml reserved stock into a pan and boil rapidly to reduce to around 100ml.

Mix the treacle with the mustard and the reduced stock and pour over the fat, using a basting brush to ensure all the fat is covered. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, basting occasionally. Serve hot or cold with coleslaw and chutney.

About Martina Mercer

Martina Mercer is a FMCG PR Specialist journalist and marketer. She combines her psychology and business expertise to deliver public relations and advice on the consumer journey to many big named brands. Her real passion is writing and you'll find her articles and books all over the web along with a few awards she's won, such as The Working Mum of the Year 2014. She always loves to connect and is always open to new opportunities so don't hesitate to get in touch through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email. Martina is also the editor of Sunday Woman Magazine the luxury lifestyle mag for over 30 women with a brain :)

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