Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 (9 by 5 by 3-inch) loaf pans and set aside.
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar together into a large bowl. With a wooden spoon, stir in the honey, water, oil, pumpkin, and eggs until you have a smooth batter. Fold in the pecans, raisins, and/or dried sour cherries, if using.
Pour the batter in to the prepared pans and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pans on a wire rack.
Recipe courtesy of Judith Fertig