Ready in about 2 hours 15 minutes, plus cooling and overnight soaking
2.5kg piece boned and rolled middle gammon, soaked for 24 hours in cold water
2 large carrots, scrubbed and sliced
2 large onions, thickly sliced
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
8 bay leaves
Fresh cranberries and rosemary, to garnish (optional)
For the glaze:
1 tbsp mustard powder
1½ tbsp sweetener
3 level tbsp reduced-sugar marmalade
About 75 cloves
1 Put a trivet into a large, deep pan, place the gammon on the trivet and cover with cold water by at least 3cm. Add the carrots, onions, celery, 12 cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves. Place over a high heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly in the liquid.
2 Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7. When the meat is cool enough to handle, lift it onto a board and remove any string, skin and visible fat. Discard everything else in the pan. Re-tie the joint with kitchen string and place in a foil-lined roasting tin.
3 For the glaze, mix the mustard powder, sweetener and marmalade to make a thick paste. Press the cloves into the meat to create a criss-cross pattern, then smear the glaze over the top, leaving the cut ends of the joint unglazed.
4 Bake for 20 minutes or until the glaze is golden brown and the meat has heated through. Place on a serving platter and add the cranberry and rosemary garnish, if you like. To serve, slice thinly and divide between 8 plates. Enjoy with Speed Free veg or salad.
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