gingerbread - Easy Recipes



1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup molasses
1 cup hot water

Melt shortening. Let cool. Add sugar and egg. Beat well.

Sift flour and other dry ingredients.

Combine molasses and water. Add alternately with flour to first mixture. Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes.

Remove and frost with white frosting and sprinkle with coconut, if desired, or serve with Lemon Sauce.

Lemon Sauce
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
Juice and rind of 1 lemon

Melt butter in a saucepan; add remaining ingredients, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F.

Yields 2 cups

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