Pumpkin Bread


original		7-loaf (fits in largest pyrex mixing bowl)
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4 cups		2-30oz cans	pumpkin
2 tblsp		3 tblsp		water
4 cups		6 cups		sugar (half white; half brown; or all brown)
1 cup		1-1/2 cups	vegetable oil
4 tsp		2 tblsp		cinnamon
1 tsp		1-1/2 tsp	cloves
1/4 tsp ea.	1/2 tsp ea.	nutmeg & allspice (optional)
1 tsp ea.		2 tsp ea.		lemon & orange zest (optional)
1or2 oz.		1/4 cup		rum (optional)

5 cups		7-1/2 cups	flour
4 tsp		2 tblsp		soda
1 tsp		1-1/2 tsp		salt

1 cup		1-1/2 cups	raisins (half golden raisins is good)
1 cup		1-1/2 cups	chopped nuts (optional)
				(filberts or walnuts or 1/2 & 1/2)
1/2 cup		3/4 cup		chopped dried fruit(s) (optional)
				(suggest apricots, peaches, or apples)

Stir together the pumpkin, water, oil, sugar and spice mixture.  
Sift flour mixture into liquid mixture and stir.  
Add fruits and nuts.  Is your arm tired yet?
Pour into greased  1-quart loaf pans. 
Bake at 350-degrees for 1 hour or until the toothpick test is passed.

More easily sliced for serving when bread is chilled or frozen (slices thaw