Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
In a large bowl, beat until light and fluffy:
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
Add and beat in:
1 cup canned pumpkin
Now add the sifted dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with:
1/3 cup water or milk (I used milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla
(I found that particular section of instruction to be confusing. Just mix into the sugar/shortening/eggs combination 1/3 of the dry, 1/3 of the wet, 1/3 of the dry, etc etc until you have it all blended together).
Do not overbeat between each addition. Fold in (optional, I didn't do this part) :
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/3 cup raisins or chopped dates
Pour batter into a greased pan and bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick, inserted into the bread, comes out dry.