This is your basic Pumpkin Bread recipe, so if you like to experiment with it, you can add some really yummy goodies to the batter. Such as chocolate chips, crushed pineapple, coconut, cream cheese. There's an endless supply of extras for this delicious bread. I love to spread the cream cheese, pineapple filling to make little sandwiches out of this bread as well as the Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.
1Heat oven to 350'F. Grease and flour two 9x5x3" loaf pans.
2In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and water; beat until well mixed.
3Measure flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a separate bowl and stir until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in nuts and raisins, if desired.
4Pour into prepared pans, evenly dividing the batter between the two pans.
5Bake at 350'F. for about 60-70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
6Cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove from pans by inverting onto a rack and tapping the bottoms.
7Slice and serve plain, with butter, or cream cheese (Add crushed pineapple to the cream cheese for a real treat.)
8Cream Cheese Spread: Blend all together in a small bowl, using a spatula. Slice bread into half slices and spread with cream cheese mixture; top with the other half and make little sandwiches. So good!
If you don't like pineapple, just leave it out, it will still be delicious!