|1 cup||Shortening; soft|
|1½ cup||Brown sugar, firmly packed|
|2½ cup||Sifted all-purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon||Baking powder|
|2 cups||Sweetened canned applesauce|
|1½ cup||Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)|
|1 cup||Pitted dates cut in small pieces|
|1 cup||Candied red cherries cut in small pieces|
|1 cup||Chopped nutmeats|
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 ½ 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 8-½" x 4-½" x 2-½" loaf pans.
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.
Source: Our Favorites for family and friends Reprinted with permission from The Quaker Oats Company Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias
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