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


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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