Cream shortening and sugar together. Add apple sauce. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to the apple sauce mixture. Mix together just until moistened. Add nuts and/or fruits, if desired, by stirring with a spoon. Put in well-greased bread pans, filling them 2/3 full. Regular loaf pans take about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 350°F. Smaller pans take a shorter time. Test by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.