Grease 2 pans (8x4 inches) or 1 9 inch tube pan. Line with foil or brown paper and grease again. Combine applesauce, shortening, sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring now and again. Cool.
Mix fruit, nuts, in bowl, add sifted flour, soda, salt and spices. Mix and stir in cooled applesauce. Pour into pans. Bake in 275 degree oven for 1 hour and 40 minutes; tube pan for 2 hours.
Cool on rack in pan for 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely. Wrap and store tightly covered in container.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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