Orange Apricot Malta Ham

Bake a ham and brush on a delicious glaze made with fresh orange juice, low sugar apricot preserves and a bottle of malta.  This healthy dish will feed a crowd.

  • This ham was unbelievably good - Orange Malta Ham Low Calorie, Low Fat

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones I use to know.” I’m ready for “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and “Sugar plums dancing in my head”. It is time to bring on the Christmas music, movies, cookies and a jolly old-time. Orange Apricot Malta Ham is so nice and easy it gives you the time for all those wonderful Christmas time things. You can stick it in the oven, baste it and let it cook. Your house will smell A-mazing.

I love to make a big ham. Not only will it feed a lot of people but you have the bone for soup and probably some leftovers for souffles or ham sandwiches. It is perfect for Christmas Day. You can stick the ham in the oven then go enjoy time with your family and friends and sneak away to baste it from time to time. Easy peasy. The ham will caramelize beautifully with the basting liquid and have a beautifully scented crust of orange and apricot with a little bit of malt from the malta. Malta is a carbonated malt soda common in South America. It brings sweetness and a touch of  malt. If you cannot find an orange apricot marmalade, go ahead and use half orange and half apricot preserves.

So now that we have Christmas dinner figured out, let’s bring on the Christmas music and enjoy time with our families. Let’s sit by the fire drinking hot toddy’s or hot apple cider. Lets sing Christmas Carols and jingle all the way home.

This ham was unbelievably good - Orange Malta Ham Low Calorie, Low Fat

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Orange Apricot Malta Ham
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Serves: 36
  • 1 (8lb) fully cooked, bone-in smoked ham half (low sodium if possible)
  • 1 (7oz) bottle malta
  • 1½ cups orange juice
  • ½ cup orange apricot marmalade
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups water
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a small saucepan combine malta, orange juice, marmalade and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until liquid is reduced to 1¼ cups.
  3. Trim any fat from the ham. Score the outside of the ham in a diamond pattern.
  4. Place a rack coated with cooking spray into a roasting pan. Place ham onto the rack.
  5. Brush ham with orange mixture.
  6. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan but not on the ham.
  7. Bake for about 2½ to 3 hours or until the internal temperature is 140°.
  8. Brush with the orange mixture every 30 minutes.
  9. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 oz. Calories: 216 Fat: 14 grams Carbs 5 grams Fiber 0 grams Protei

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. says

    What a beautiful Ham and a very flavorful sauce. We just love a Ham at Christmas. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. says

    Oh this looks so mouthwatering! I have to make exactly this ham for Christmas!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week with more deliciousness :)

  3. says

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Hi Val, I did not cover the ham but if the outside starts to get too brown, go ahead and cover it lightly with foil. Thanks for asking.

    • Christie Daruwalla says

      Malta is a malt flavored soft drink. It is very popular in the Caribbean and I can find it on the international aisle of my local grocery store. It is similar to a non-alcoholic beer.


  1. […] My slight obsession with Malta started after my hubby and I had dinner at Richard Blais’ restaurant, The Spence.  We had the most insanely good lamb chops.  They were deliciously sticky and sweet.  My hubby and I were trying to figure out where the sweetness was coming from and finally asked our server.  We were shocked when the answer was Malta.  It wasn’t something I was familiar with but since that time I have been using it quite a bit.  It is in my Orange Apricot Malta Ham. […]

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