Serve this hot and slathered with butter for breakfast, or spread with cream cheese for afternoon tea.
Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. In large bowl, combine granulated sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, and milk. Mix well. In small bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Add to applesauce mixture, and beat until well mixed. Stir in ¾ cup chopped pecans. Pour into pan. Mix together the brown sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ cup pecans. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil after the first 30 minutes of baking. Cool in pan 10 minutes; finish cooling on rack.