2cupsraisins or nuts or chocolate chips...or a combo!, optional
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Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Grease and sugar 4 9" loaf pans; or you can use 8 small loaf pans for gifting. Set aside.
In a large bowl stir together the pumpkin, sugar, eggs, and olive oil, until well combined. In my KitchenAid I used the lowest "Stir" setting. Or you can just stir it together with a large fork. No mixer needed!
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
If using, add the raisins and/or nuts now to the flour mixture and stir to coat well with the flour.
Mix half of the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, until combined; then mix the other half in. I used my KitchenAid on 4 for this step. Or just stir it together.
When the ingredients are all well combined, fill each loaf pan about halfway up and spread the batter flat on top. (If you don't have 4 loaf pans, fill one or two and bake, then cool for 10 minutes, remove the bread and refill the pans and bake.)
Bake in preheated oven. The large loaf pans should take about an hour. The smaller pans will take 40 - 45 minutes. They are done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:
Use 8 small loaf pans and freeze for up to 2 months. Wrap them in plastic wrap then put into freezer bags. You will be happy to have this part of your holiday baking done ahead of time!