Flour the fruit thoroughly.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, spices, and salt in the milk.
Stir in the fruit, nuts, bread crumbs, and suet. Then stir in the dissolved baking soda. Then add in the flour.
Boil or steam for 4 hours. Serve with wine or brandy (which may be flambed) or any well-flavored sauce.
Based on a recipe from The Original White House Cookbook: Contains Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-giving, Table Etiquette, Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts Worth Knowing, etc. by Hugo Ziemann, Steward of the White House, and Mrs. F.L. Gillette. Originally published in 1887.
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