Sift flour once, measure, add soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Sift together three times. Cream shortening, add sugar gradually and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg, raisins and nuts, and beat well. Add flour alternately with apple sauce, a small amount at a time, beating after each addition. Bake in a greased loaf pan, 8x4x3 inches in a moderate oven (350 degrees) one hour. Serve plain or spread with a favorite frosting.