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Yummy Pumpkin Date Bread

Ingredients:

Part #1
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped dates
2/3 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Part#2
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, mix together ingredients for part 1. Set aside. In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and sugar. Add shortinging, corn syrup and milk. Beat 2 minutes, then add eggs. Mix well. Add date mixture and mix until combined.

Pour into two greased 8x4-inch bread pans. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon sugar (if desired) and garnish tops with pecan halves.

Bake in a preheated 350°F. oven for approximately 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

2002 Louisiana State Fair - 1st Place Winner, Linda Durant

Submitted By:

Lind DurantPrinceton, LA