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2 cups Pillsbury's Best All Purpose Flour* -- sifted
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon French's Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon French's Ginger
1/4 teaspoon French's Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon French's Cloves
1 cup suet -- ground or grated
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup molasses
Butterscotch, Nutmeg or Hard Sauce
STEAM for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Sift together the flour, sugar, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and
cloves. Stir in suet, buttermilk or sour milk, raisins, and molasses. Mix
until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn into well-greased 2-quart mold or
casserole. Cover with tight cover or aluminum foil. Place on rack in large
steamer or kettle. Add boiling water to height of 2 inches in steamer,
cover. Steam 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until pudding springs back when touched
lightly in center.** Serve hot, cut into slices with Butterscotch, Nutmeg,
or Hard Sauce.
*For use with Pillsbury's Best Self-Rising Flour, omit soda and salt.
**If desired, Christmas Pudding may be baked in a 300 degree oven. Place a
pan of water in oven. Cover pudding and bake 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours.
Butterscotch Sauce: Combine 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons
flour and 1/8 teaspoons salt. Stir in 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk. Cook over
medium heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
Hard Sauce: Cream 1/2 cup butter. Add gradually 2 cups sifted confectioners'
sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Blend in 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1
tablespoon boiling water, 1 teaspoon French's Vanilla and 2 teaspoons
French's Rum or Brandy Flavoring, if desired. Chill until serving time.
Nutmeg Sauce: Cream 1/4 cup butter. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, creaming
until light and fluffy. Blend in 1 egg yolk, 1 1/2 tablespoons flour and 1
teaspoon French's Vanilla. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Cook in
top of double boiler over boiling water, stirring constantly until slightly
thickened. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon French's Nutmeg.