Pumpkin Bread

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 c shortening(I use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 unsalted butter)
1 1/3 cups w. sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1/3 c water
1/2 walnuts(optional)

Pre-Heat oven to 350.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together onto a sheet of wax paper.
In a large bowl, cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add the eggs, ont a time, beating thouroughly after each addition.
Stir in pumpkin and then stir in dry ingredients in 4 additions, alternating with the water until just smooth. Do not overbeat.
Add walnuts now if you like.

Turn into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 min.- 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean