Sift first five ingredients together; stir in fruit.
Soak crumbs in milk for ten minutes.
Beat eggs and sugar together until lemon-colored; add suet and soaked crumbs and stir into flour-fruit mixture.
Add brandy and mix well.
Pour into greased molds, cover tightly and steam 3 to 4 hours (depending on the size of molds used) OR tie in a large piece of heavy muslin, heavily buttered and floured, allowing plenty of space for expansion.
Place in a large kettle of boiling water with rack in bottom to hold pudding off the bottom.