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Coffee Honey Ham

Forget the tired old ways of cooking your holiday ham. This recipe is sure to liven up your feast... just save some for us!

4 lb ham (with fat)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Café Campesino dark coffee, freshly brewed
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
2 tablespoons fresh cream
Dried fruit or nuts of your choice (apricots, cherries, cranberries or walnuts work particularly well)
Maraschino cherry juice or Cognac

Wrap the ham in foil and roast at 375º F for 2 hours.

While the ham is roasting, prepare the glaze. First melt the honey, then add the coffee, cinnamon, ground cloves, and simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce the liquid.

When the ham is cooked, take it out of the oven and remove the foil. With a sharp knife, score the layer of fat in a large crossed pattern. Brush the glaze on. Return to oven for 30 to 45 minutes, glazing it frequently.

Dip fruit into liqueur (or maraschino juice). Add fresh cream to the pan to thicken the sauce. Sprinkle the fruit over the ham or put it in the pan. Serve hot or cold.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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