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Old Fashioned Steamed Pudding



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2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 tbsp. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. shredded lemon peel
1/2 tsp. vanilla


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    In large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt and cloves. Stir to mix well. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, molasses, milk and butter; mix well. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture. Gently fold in pecans. Pour batter into a greased and floured 8 cup fluted tube pan. Cover pan with foil; if necessary, tie the foil securely in place with string.
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    Place pan on a rack in a deep kettle; add boiling water to a depth of 1". (Water should not touch the pan). Cover kettle; adjust heat so water boils gently. Steam pudding 1 1/4 hours or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. (Add more water as necessary to maintain 1" depth).
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    Remove pan from kettle; let stand 10 minutes. Invert pan over a wire rack; carefully unmold pudding. Let pudding stand on wire rack for 30 to 40 minutes before serving. To serve, place pudding on a serving platter; with a pastry bag, pipe hard sauce on platter around pudding.
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    Hard Sauce: In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter, 1 cup of the powdered sugar, whipping cream, lemon peel and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add remaining 1 cup powdered sugar; beat until smooth.

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