pumpkin bread

2-2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening
4 eggs, beaten
1 can (1#) pumpkin
2/3 cup water
3-1/3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cups cut-up dates

Cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and water. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Gradually stir dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Add nuts and dates. Blend well. Turn batter into two greased 9 x 5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until bread is done. Makes 2 loaves.

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