Take a medium-sized HAM and place it to soak for ten or twelve hours. Then cut away the rusty part from underneath, wipe it dry, and cover it rather thickly over with a paste made of flour and water. Put it into an earthen dish, and set it in a moderately heated oven. When done, take off the crust carefully, and pEEL off the skin, put a frill of cut paper around the knuckle, and raspings of bread over the fat of the HAM, or serve it glazed and garnished with cut vegetables. It will take about four or five hours to bake it.
Cooked in this way the flavor is much finer than when boiled.
Directions The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)