Morning Applesauce Loaf


1 c shortening

1 1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed

4 Eggs

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour, sifted

1 ts baking powder

1/2 ts baking soda

1 1/2 ts salt

2 ts cinnamon

3/4 ts cloves

3/4 ts nutmeg

2 c canned applesauce, sweetened

1 1/2 c oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)

1 c raisins

1 c pitted dates -- cut in small pieces

1 c coarsely chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Beat shortening and sugar together

until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each

addition. Sift together 2 cups of the flour, baking powder,

soda, salt and spices. Add alternately with applesauce to creamed

mixture; blend well. Stir in oats. Combine remaining 1/2 cup

flour with raisins, dates, and nuts; stir to coat fruits and

nuts evenly with flour. Stir into batter. Pour into 2 greased

and waxed paper-lined 8-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" loaf pans. Set a

pan of hot water in the bottom of oven before adding loaves.

Bake loaves for 2 hours. Loosen edges; cool on wire rack about

10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool thoroughly. Wrap cooled bread

in plastic and store one day before slicing.

Yield: 2 loaves