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Maple Baked HamFrom Lori K.

This has been our favorite Easter ham recipe for many years. The mingled flavors of ham and maple syrup make for a wonderfully flavored dish.

Maple Baked Ham

Serves 10-12

One-half boneless precooked smoked ham (appox. 5 pounds)

1 Cup maple syrup for each 5 pounds of ham

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 Cup water

1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Maple extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the ham fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Do not cover or add water. Insert a meat thermometer and bake the ham. (For a precooked ham, the internal temperature should be 130 degrees when finished). When the ham is about half baked, approximately 45 minutes, pour the pan juices into a medium saucepan. Skim off excess fat and set the drippings aside. Pour the maple syrup over the ham, and return to the oven. Occasionally baste the ham with the syrup from the pan while it finishes baking; the total cooking time for a 5 pound precooked ham is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.

To make the sauce, remove the ham from the pan and set aside on a carving board. With a whisk, blend the flour into the reserved drippings in the saucepan. Add the water, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and maple syrup drippings from the roasting pan and combine. Add a bit of maple extract if desired. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and keep warm.

Carve the ham into thin slices. Pour the hot maple sauce into a gravy boat and pass with the ham. This is my favorite pie and I enjoy making it for family and friends at Easter. Everyone loves this pie and it is simple (it's mixed right in the shell) and fun to make.

Amish Brown Sugar Pie

Serves 6

1 unbaked 8 inch pie shell

1 Cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

1 12-ounce can evaporated milk

2 1/2 Tablespoons butter

Ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the pie shell, place the brown sugar, flour, and salt. Mix with your fingers. Pour the evaporated milk over the flour and sugar, but do not stir or mix this in. Dot with butter, and drift cinnamon liberally over all. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the filling just bubbles up in the middle. The filling will never completely set, but that's the way it's supposed to be. This pie is better eaten at room temperature. If you refrigerate leftovers (if there are any!), reheat them in the oven before serving.

NOTE: Recipe can be doubled and prepared in a 10 inch pie shell. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes if doubled.


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