Put an inch of water in a large pan then place gammon in the pan, add celery, onion, carrot, herbs and peppercorns, add more cold water until it just covers meat
Simmer for 2½ hrs. Check to make sure it isn’t cooking too quickly and top up with hot water if needed
Slice oranges with peel and cut each slice in half – set aside
Set oven at 175c fan or 190c
Peel and roughly chop parsnips, cover with cold water, add pinch of salt and simmer till soft 15-20 minutes
Drain apricot halves and place upside down on kitchen paper
After 2½ hours remove gammon from pan and place in ovenproof dish. Carefully peel rind from fat, this leaves a rough finish which helps the glaze stick to the fat. Do not cut away fat. The rind will be hot so a piece of kitchen paper is useful
Mix Tiptree Orange Marmalade, demerara sugar and Allspice in a small bowl; spread onto fat part of joint
Place orange slices on top of meat with a clove to keep in place – this helps to prevent meat from drying out
Carefully pour cider round the meat so the base of the pan is covered and put into oven
Put apricot halves, cut side up, in an ovenproof dish and put in oven or microwave to warm through
After 15-20 minutes remove gammon from oven – loosely cover with foil and allow to stand for a few minutes before carving
Meanwhile, drain parsnips add black pepper and Allspice, puree with stick blender, stir in cream, adjust seasoning to taste. Spoon puree into piping bag and fill apricot halves – or just spoon into halves, garnish with rosemary leaves
Serve gammon with apricot halves, Tiptree Cumberland Sauce and a selection of vegetables or jacket potatoes and salad
make sure gammon will sit well in saucepan, sometimes an extra deep pan is required so that the meat can be covered with water that won’t boil over the sides. Larger gammons can be cooked in a preserving pan.
We used unsmoked gammon but if you use a smoke gammon some people will put the meat in a pan and cover in cold water, take to simmering point, discard the water, replace with warm water and add the vegetables then continue as suggested in the recipe.