Pudding: Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, baking powder and spices together
into mixing bowl. Add shortening, water, pumpkin and nuts. Beat 2 minutes at medium
speed of electric mixer (or 300 strokes by hand). Scrape bowl constantly.
and dates. Beat 2 minutes longer. Pour into 2 well-greased 1-quart ring molds or
one 6 1/2 cup ring mold or a 9-inch square cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F about
35 minutes for 1-quart ring molds, 45 minutes for 6 1/2 cup ring mold or 9-inch
Serve warm with Creamy Sauce.
Creamy Sauce: Beat egg until foamy. Stir in melted butter. Add confectioners'
sugar and beat until smooth.
Blend in whipped cream and vanilla extract.
Yields about 2 cups.
Variation: Omit vanilla extract. Add 1/2 teaspoon brandy flavoring and 1/4 teaspoon