We happened to have one of Mamie's old steam pudding molds, complete with lid. I put it into one of the very largest pasta pots in my kitchen and boiled it for 2 1/2 hours. When it was done, I opened a jar of hard sauce from our pantry and gave Mom a slice. It was fun to see her eyes close as she was transported back to her childhood with one bite.
4 ounces flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 ounces graham cracker crumbs
3 ounces sugar
3 ounces lard (couldn't find suet in Podunk, AZ)
1/2 cup milk
3 ounces chopped dates
3 ounces golden raisins
Combine sugar, lard and graham crumbs with mixer. Add egg. Combine dry ingredients and add. Moisten with milk. Fold in dates and raisins. Pour into a very well greased and floured mold/pan/bowl and cover with parchment secured with a rubber band. Place in a steamer or a pasta insert over at least 3 inches of water. Cover and steam for 2 1/2 hours. Make sure your pot doesn't boil dry!!!
Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or hard sauce.