Saturday, April 7, 2012

Glazes of Glory

Hello everyone, so tomorrow is Easter I hope you all are prepared.  For those of us with small children Easter can be a very busy time for us.  How many of you forgot to get Easter baskets after getting all the goodies?  Ummm guilty over here !  Hey at this rate I am lucky I remember my kids's names let alone baskets and such.  And let's not get started on all the things you need at the grocery store.  Because I do so much cooking I try to make things as simple as possible on holidays.  Yes everyone I am the naughty one that has been known to make stove top stuffing on Thanksgiving, used canned yams for Christmas and bought the bright red cherry jarred glaze for Easter.  Now I know how to make these items without the store's help but why cant these days be a little break for myself as well?  I ask of you where is the mercy on us mom who try to get a little help from the store when keeping holiday's traditional?  Yeah that was a mouthful, case in point its a lot to remember.  So with all of that being said I will admit it I forgot my red store bought cherry glaze this year.  So I am going to take through a series of different glazes that I am toying with for tomorrow.  These are just some ideas I have floating around in my head and if it helps some of you out tomorrow this blog has done some multi tasking all on its own.  So here are some brain storms for glazes.

Brainstorm Idea #1

Brown sugar glaze.

1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
salt to taste

Mix ingredients into a bowl and rub all over the ham.  Bake covered until last 30 minutes of cooking and then uncover.  The sugar will be all gooey and yummy and the heat from the cayenne and salt will give it a sweet and spicy flavor.  
FYI you may need to add more depending on how big your ham is.

Brainstorm Idea #2

Mustard Glaze

1/2 cup of raye's mustard sweet and spicy
 (if you do not have raye's mustard near you, go to their website or just use a sweet and spicy mustard you know and love)
1 teaspoon of minced onion

Mix ingredients together and rub all over the ham. Bake as you would normally bake your ham.
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FYI you may need to add more depending on how big your ham is.

Brainstorm Idea #3

Maple Glaze

1/2 cup of your favorite maple syrup, the good stuff guys come on its Easter dont be cheap
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flake

Mix ingredients together rub all over ham and bake. 

FYI you may need to add more depending on how big your ham is.

Finally the last brainstorm
Brainstorm #4

Lemon Simple syrup Glaze

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar

In a small sauce pan add the water to the sugar heat on low heat.  Continually stir just until the sugar is dissolved into the water and it thickens. It will create a syrup.  From here juice a myer lemon or a reg. lemon and add the zest.  That is the color of the outside of the lemon.  Do not add any part of the white peeling it will be bitter. Give the simple syrup a stir and let cool to room temp.  Pour it over your ham and let it bake.

Which ever glaze you choose to use I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.  Live, laugh and love all  Godbless.

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