If you haven't made a steamed pudding before, follow the See Also below this recipe for simple guidelines.
Lovely served with warm custard. Use a 1 quart (1 litre) pudding dish. Granny Smiths will work nicely in this recipe. But feel free to use any (cooking) apple you wish. 1 1/3 cup of raisins is about 1/2 pound (225g). Feel free to use flaked or slivered almonds, or another type of nut altogether, or omit if you are cooking for someone with nut allergies. ALTERNATIVE COOKING METHOD -- MICROWAVE: Cover pudding dish with waxed paper instead of tin foil. Cook on high for 6 minutes. When the 6 minutes are up, let it rest for a minute or 2, then give it another 6 minutes. Check with a knife, and if it needs another few minutes of zapping in your microwave, do so. Let stand for 10 minutes then turn it out as per standard directions.