1 2/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add shortening, eggs and applesauce; beat just until blended. Stir in pecans. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Prepare Vanilla Glaze; drizzle over bread.
1/2 cup confectioners sugar' sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons milk
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk. Yields 1/4 cup glaze.