Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 bread pan and set aside.
Cream shortening with sugar, switch to low and add eggs one at a time, then pumpkin, and finally, the water.
In another bowl, sift together or whisk together, the rest of ingredients, flour, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. Mixing on low, add to pumpkin mixture.
Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake for about one hour at 350 degrees. (This may vary depending on what size you use – the bread will darken a bit and crack. It’s done when a toothpick put about halfway between the edge and the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.) As with all baked goods, do not overbake.
Per Serving: 266 Calories; 8g Fat (27.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 45g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 42mg Cholesterol; 314mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 2 Other Carbohydrates.