Ingredients:

1 c molasses, 3/4 sup melted butter, 1/2 c warm milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 2 cups chopped dried fruit, 1 cup raisins, 1 1/2 ounces brandy

Method:

Combine molasses, butter, milk, eggs in mixing bowl. Combine flour,soda, cinnamon and cloves in separate bowl.  Add dry to wet in three additions. Toss dried fruit and raisins in a bit of flour and add to batter. Stir in brandy. Pour into a greased and sugared mold. Place on a rack in a large covered pot with water that comes halfway up the side. Cover and steam for 2 hrs, checking water level frequently cool for 5 minutes, then turn out dust with powdered sugar. Serve with HARD SAUCE (see side bar)

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