Many years ago this was made on Blue Peter and from that point on it became a family favorite and Christmas tradition. Famously one of my elderly relatives absolutely refused to share the piece we gifted her each year.
I love a real Christmas cake, a dark fruit cake, slightly too soft, a little booze, and disproportionately more marzipan than strictly necessary. This year I decided to to follow the very excellent Completely Perfect by Felicity Cloake.
This is an enriched bread dough, with a bunch of seasonal fruit, a dose of spice and some light brown sugar. I threw in a tangarine too, which lead to too much moisture and to load sinking in the middle, but it tasted great.