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1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed pumpkin (canned or fresh)
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped peanuts or pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease regular size loaf pan.
Sift together first 6 ingredients.
Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla extract before adding the eggs, one at a time.
Stir in pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients alternately with water, beating just until mixture is smooth - don't over-beat.
Fold in nuts.
Turn into pan.
Bake for 45 - 55 minutes or until tests done.
Turn out onto wire rack and let cool.