There is a great deal of controversy in my family about these squares. They are called "Alethea's Squares" since the recipe originated with my great-aunt Alethea, a fabulous cook. However, there are at least two versions in circulation, and they are quite different. This one is my favourite: a nice rich cake studded with fruit, ginger and nuts, topped with butterscoth icing. Mm! Mm! It wouldn't be Christmas without them.