1Using solid shortening, generously grease 1-quart mold or casserole. In medium bowl, combine all pudding ingredients except fruit, raisins and nuts; mix until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in fruit, raisins and nuts. Spoon into greased mold; cover with lid or foil.
2Place mold on wire rack in large steamer or kettle. Add enough boiling water to steamer to come halfway up side of mold; cover. Keep water boiling gently over low heat. If necessary, add water to maintain steam. Steam 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until pudding springs back when touched lightly in center.
3Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine all hard sauce ingredients; beat at high speed until well blended. Refrigerate until serving time.
4To serve, cut warm pudding into slices; top with hard sauce.