One of the best ever! For an even richer bread, use a cup each of raisins and dates. Stays moist for days.
Grease a 9x5-inch or three 8-½x4-½-inch loaf pans. In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs, pumpkin, and water. Mix together flour, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves, and add to egg and pumpkin mixture. Stir in nuts, and raisins and dates if desired. Pour into pans and bake at 350 degrees F about 60 to 70 minutes. (Small pans about 65 minutes.) Cool in pans 10 minutes. Finish cooling on rack.