Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl 5 minutes or until very light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating well.
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add remaining sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg mixture and jam, beating well. Stir in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Dissolve soda in milk; add to batter, stirring well. Pour batter into a greased 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until set. ( Pudding will rise, then fall.) Cut into squares; transfer to a serving plate, and serve warm with sweetened whipped cream or Hard Sauce.