Friday, February 14, 2014


  R E S P E C T.....This ham has earned my undying respect as the best baked ham recipe ever!

Aretha Franklin Ham

1 (12 -14 lb) fully cooked bone-in ham
whole cloves
1 (16 ounce) box light brown sugar
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 (12 ounce) ginger ale (golden is best if you can find it ( but pale is ok too)
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple rings
baker's coconut (to garnish) (optional)


  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.   Using a paring knife, score the ham, creating a diamond pattern. Insert cloves into the corners of each diamond.   Place the ham on a rack set in a 12 x 15-inch roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil, and bake until ham appears juicy, about 30 minutes.   Place brown sugar and mustard in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.   Gradually add ginger ale to brown sugar mixture until a pourable consistency is achieved; you may not need the whole can.   Remove ham from oven and remove foil. Pour brown sugar mixture over ham. Make sure you coat the sides too.  Cover ham with foil, return to oven, and cook for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes.   Remove foil for last 20 minutes.   Remove ham from oven.   Arrange pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in a docorative pattern on ham, securing them with toothpicks.   Baste the fruit.   Bake ham until fruit is heated through, 7 to 10 minutes.   Sprinkle ham with coconut garnish, if desired.

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