Grandma's Plum Pudding

From: (Mostly Harmless)

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
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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