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       Title: Applesauce Treasure Loaf
  Categories: Breads, Quick
       Yield: 2 loaves
  
       1 c  Shortening; soft
   1 1/2 c  Brown sugar, firmly packed
       4    Eggs
   2 1/2 c  Sifted all-purpose flour
       1 ts Baking powder
     1/2 ts Soda
   1 1/2 ts Salt
       2 ts Cinnamon
     3/4 ts Cloves
     3/4 ts Nutmeg
       2 c  Sweetened canned applesauce
   1 1/2 c  Quaker Oats, uncooked
            -- (quick or old-fashioned)
       1 c  Raisins
       1 c  Pitted dates
            -- cut in small pieces
       1 c  Candied red cherries
            -- cut in small pieces
       1 c  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 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.
   
   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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