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Serves 25

½ cup bourbon

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup maple syrup

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½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

1 (6-pound) fully-cooked ham

1. Combine the bourbon, butter, maple syrup and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Mix the cornstarch and water until smooth and stir it into the bourbon mixture. Heat and stir until it boils.

2. Place the ham in a shallow baking pan. Make diagonal slashes, crisscrossing on the fat side of the ham. Pour the glaze over the top of the ham. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the ham.

3. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven 20 to 25 minutes per pound or until a thermometer reads 140 degrees, spooning glaze on occasionally. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before carving; arrange the slices on a platter.

Note: If you have the butcher pre-slice the ham and tie it back together, it will allow the glaze to penetrate through each slice. Untie before serving.

From The Seattle Times archives, 1990

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