Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1993 02:09:15 GMT
4 slices of bread, torn up 1 cup milk 2 slightly beaten eggs 1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 6 ounces finely chopped suet 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup flour, sifted 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp ground mace 2 cups raisins (a mixture of dark and golden is nice) 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped 1/2 cup mixed candied fruit and peels, chopped 1/2 cup broken walnuts Soak bread in milk; beat. Stir in next five ingredients. Sift together dry ingredients; add fruits and nuts; mix well. Stir in bread mixture. Pour into well-greased mold (2-quart); cover with foil and tie with string. Place on rack in a very deep baking pan (like a dutch oven); add boiling water to 1 inch deep. Cover and steam for 3 1/2 hours. checking water level and adding water as needed. Cool 10 minutes and unmold. Serve warm with hard sauce on top. Hard Sauce Thoroughly cream 1/2 cup butter with 2 cups confectioner's. Add 1-2 Tsp. vanilla (or rum or brandy) and beat til blended. Spread in 8x8x2-inch pan and chill to harden. Cut in squares.
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