Put the flour into a basin, add to it the suet, salt, and baking powder. Mix it with a little cold water, roll it out and wet the edges. Spread it with jam or syrup, leaving 1 inch all round, and roll it up in the form of a bolster. Seal the ends well. Flour a cloth and tie the pudding securely in it. Drop into a large saucepan of rapidly boiling water and boil for 2 hours. Do not allow the pudding to go off the boil, or it will be soggy and heavy. If water is boiling away, add more boiling water. Lift the pudding on to a dish, unwrap the cloth quickly, and serve at once with more jam or jam sauce.
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