Take 1kg of mixed fruit and soak overnight in 2 cups of fruit juice, I prefer apple myself.
To add some Christmas spirit, replace some of the fruit juice with brandy, whisky or dark Jamaican rum or even sherry.
Leave the soaking fruits overnight.
Mix into the soaking fruit, (which will have swelled by now),
2 cups of self-raising flour,
and 1 teaspoon of mixed spice.
Mix all well together until you have incorporated all the flour.
I use a 22cm loose bottomed cake tin - doubled lined with baking paper, the sides protruding as much again above the level of the tine sides.
Pouryour mixture into the tin - level out and place in the middle of a 150coven for 2 1/4 to 2 21/2 hours taking care in the last half hour not tolet the top be overdone - cover with baking paper if you think this may happen.
Cool completely before removing from tin and keep in an airtight container.
Up to a cup of nuts of choice can be added to the mixture as can. More spices such as cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, allspice etc.