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Charmaine's Mini Christmas cakes

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1 kg fruit mix
100 gm cherries
100 gm nuts
21/2 cup dark brown sugar
375g butter
2 cup water
1 pk dates
4 eggs
5 ml vanilla extract
1/2 cup brandy
1 ml salt
5 ml each mixed spice , clove n gingerpd
5 ml bicarb
4 cup flour

Boil water sugar dates fruit n butter about 10-15mins .
Cool totally
Add spices and bicarb and mix to foam up.
Add beaten eggs and  vanilla.
Add cherries and nuts fold in .
Add sifted flour and  blend well.
Pour in lined greased 23 cm tin
Bake at 140 deg 3-4 hrs
Prepared, tried and tested by: Charmaine Pillay

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