This bowl of fruit has now absorbed almost a pint of brandy. It has been sitting in the kitchen for rather longer than I planned because I haven't had time to deal with it. Yesterday, however, I mixed it with butter, eggs, flour, treacle and spices and put it in the slow oven of the Aga overnight.
And now it looks like this. (The cakes are actually both the same shade of brown but my skills as a photographer are somewhat limited.) When they have cooled thoroughly, I will wrap them and then 'feed' them on the rest of the brandy over the next few months until it is time to decorate them.