Non-Scots might eat this with some custard or cream, but I would inundate it with custard, cream - and (don't forget that sweet tooth of ours!) a scoop of best-quality ice-cream.
For the pudding, place the first six mugfuls of ingredients into a bowl with the spices and mix well.
Add the milk and beaten egg and mix well.
Grease a 1 litre/1¾ pint pudding basin with butter, then pour the pudding mixture into the basin.
Cover with baking paper or foil, then place into a steamer set over a pan of simmering water and cook for about 2½ hours, or until cooked through.
For the butterscotch sauce, place all the sauce ingredients (not the crème fraîche) into a pan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and boil for three minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened and smooth.
To serve, turn the pudding out onto a serving plate and serve with the butterscotch sauce and crème fraîche.
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