The Swedes have a special drink which is sold during the Christmas period which is a cross between a sweet root beer and coca cola. It’s so popular in fact that the Coke’s sales drop by almost 50% over the christmas period. I first came across this method when I was younger, glued to one of Nigella Lawson’s TV programs. Boiling the ham in this liquid gives a sweet and almost spicy taste. You can bake your ham with any topping you like and something like a maple glaze is delicious, but this mustard and breadcrumb topping is traditionally Swedish and is absolutely delicious.
- Place the ham in a large pot and pour in the julmust along with the onion, peppercorns and bay leaf. If the liquid doesn't reach the top of the pot, top up with water.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer steadily for 40 minutes per kg. After the cooking time, turn off the heat and allow to cool in the liquid.
- In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolk, mustard and honey and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 220˚C/450˚F/Gas mark 8.
- When cooked remove from the liquid before removing the skin, exposing the fat and scoring diagonally with a small sharp knife.
- Spread the mustard mix over the top of the ham and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Push the cloves into each cross.
- Place the ham in a roasting tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden on top.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing thinly to serve.