Honey-and-Rye-Glazed Ham

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I love serving a glazed ham at Christmas. Here’s an amazingly delicious recipe I hope you enjoy! 

Honey-and-Rye-Glazed Ham

The traditional boozy glaze is punched up in this rendition with honey, molasses, and brassy red chiles

SERVINGS: 16–20
Ingredients & Preparation

INGREDIENTS
1½ cups rye whiskey or bourbon or other whiskey
¾ cup honey
¼ cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 12–14-lb. cured smoked bone-in ham, skin removed if needed

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Calories (kcal) 910
Fat (g) 62
Saturated Fat (g) 21
Cholesterol (mg) 240
Carbohydrates (g) 15
Dietary Fiber (g) 0
Total Sugars (g) 13
Protein (g) 57
Sodium (mg) 240

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk rye whiskey, honey, molasses, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a medium bowl.

Set ham on a rack in a large roasting pan and pour in 2 cups water. Score fat in a crosshatch pattern, cutting about ½” deep. Brush ham with rye whiskey mixture and roast, basting every 20 minutes with pan juices and tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of ham registers 135°, 1½–2 hours.

Transfer ham to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with pan juices.

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Bacon Stout Chocolate Cheesecake

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It may sound strange, but trust me, it’s out of this world! If you try your hand (or your Baker’s Mitt) at it, please let me know how it went! Especially if you thought it is as delicious as I do! Enjoy! 🙂

Bacon Stout Chocolate Cheesecake

For the Crust:
4 standard sized graham crackers
1 cup pretzel rods
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
6 Tbsp butter, melted

For the filling:
7 oz dark chocolate (60%)
1 cup stout (a chocolate stout or coffee stout is lovely)
3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tbs flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tbs espresso powder
3/4 cup beer-candied bacon, finely chopped

For the topping:
2/3 cup hot fudge sauce
1/2 cup beer-candied bacon, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Place one oven rack in the middle position, with one rack below. Preheat oven to 350.

In a food processor add the graham crackers, sugar and the pretzels and process until it’s the consistency of crumbs. Turn the food processor on, and slowly stream in the butter and process until it resembles wet sand.

Spray the inside of a 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the processed crumbs into the spring form pan. Using the bottom of a heavy, flat bottom glass, press the crust very well into the bottom of the pan until well compacted.

In a pot over medium high heat, add the beer and the chocolate, stir until melted and remove from heat. Allow to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and the sugar and mix until smooth. One at a time, add the eggs, scraping the bottom of the bowl between additions. Pour the cooled chocolate into the mixer and beat until well combined. Lift the head of the mixer and add flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and bacon over the batter, stir on low speed until just combined.

Pour the batter into the pan over the crust.

Place the pan in the oven in the middle position. Place a baking dish on the rack below the cheesecake, fill with water.

Bake the cheesecake until the center no longer jiggles when you shake the rack, about 45-50 minutes. This isn’t a situation where a tooth pick inserted in the middle should come out clean, you just need the center to set and it will continue to set as it cools. Remove from oven.

For the topping, warm your hot fudge sauce so that it is pourable. Pour onto the center of the cheescake carefully, and allow to sit and solidify for 15 minutes. Top the chocolate with the chopped bacon. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, and continue whipping on high until stiff peaks form. Place in piping bag fitted with a decorative tip (I used Wilton 2D) and pipe border of whipped cream around the edge.

Source: inspired by Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, base cheesecake recipe from The Beeroness

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