Butter a 2 litre (medium sized) pudding bowl and set aside.
Pour the hot water over and stir to combine. Cover with cling wrap and allow to stand for at least 2 hours or overnight at room temperature. Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the self-rasing flour, almond meal, sugar, breadcrumbs, spices, zests and prepared fruit. Mix thoroughly.
Add the butter, eggs, treacle, brandy and Guinness. Stir to combine.
Microwave on medium-low power (30% - 1200w) for 14-16 minutes or until the pudding is dry on the surface and firm to the touch.
Serve with brandy butter, custard and cream or ice cream.