Applesauce Pecan Bread

Applesauce-Pecan Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 egg, beaten
1 cup applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3-inch loaf pan.

Combine first seven ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in pecans and cranberries. Make a well in the center of mixture.

Combine egg, applesauce and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Spoon mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove bread from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Ingredient note: Orange-flavored dried cranberries, which are now available, are excellent in this recipe.

Preparation note: To bake this recipe in a 10-inch tube pan, increase all ingredients, except salt, by one-half. For the egg, use 1 egg and 1 egg white. Bake 5-10 minutes longer, until bread tests done.

Serves 12.

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