Plum Pudding

1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1 egg
1 cup raisins or currants

Pour the buttermilk over the breadcrumbs and allow them to soak. Sift flour, measure and re-sift with cinnamon, cloves and baking soda. Cream butter and sugar together. Add molasses and egg and beat until fluffy. Stir in sifted ingredients, soaked crumbs and fruit. Mix well. Put the batter in a small, greased bread pan or mold. Cover with foil. Steam 1 and a half hours. Serve with hard sauce or orange sauce.

Orange Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp grated orange rind
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp butter

Combine sugar, corn starch and salt in glass bowl; add water and blend until smooth. Cook in microwave on high for 2 minutes, whisk with wire whisk. Heat for another 2 minutes, whisk once more. Continue until mixture thickens. Add remaining ingredients and re-heat if necessary.