Applesauce Treasure Loaf Recipe

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Combine remaining 1/2 cup flour with raisins, dates, cherries and nutmeats; stir to coat fruits and nutmeats 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.

Step 3

Bake in preheated very slow oven (275 F.) about 2 hours. Set pan of hot water in bottom of oven while loaves are baking. Loosen edges; cool on wire rack about 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool thoroughly. Wrap cooled bread and store one day before slicing.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1c Shortening; soft
  • 1 1/2c Brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 1/2c Sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1ts Baking powder
  • 1/2ts Soda
  • 1 1/2ts Salt
  • 2ts Cinnamon
  • 3/4ts Cloves
  • 3/4ts Nutmeg
  • 2c Sweetened canned applesauce
  • 1 1/2c Quaker Oats, uncooked
  • -- (quick or old-fashioned)
  • 1c Raisins
  • 1c Pitted dates
  • -- cut in small pieces
  • 1c Candied red cherries
  • -- cut in small pieces
  • 1c Chopped nutmeats

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