Preheat oven to 350° 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° F or 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.Servings: 12