Hot Water Gingerbread
Preheat oven to 350F.
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup lightly-packed brown sugar
Beat until light.
Blend or sift together:
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
add pinches of other spicy spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves) to your taste; grated fresh ginger would add a nice zing.
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup hot water
Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternately with the molasses
and hot water. Blend until well combined. Pour batter into greased 8″
square pan. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 40-45 minutes. That’s it: makes loads of dirty dishes, but it’s relatively simple. And smells divine when it’s baking. Serve with lemon sauce or lemon curd, or whipped cream as in pic below.
Not my pic: found here … http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cakegingerbread.jpg