1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup boiling water
Stir shortening to soften. Gradually add sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses; beat thoroughly.
Sift together dry ingredients; add to molasses mixture alternately with boiling water, beating well after each addition.
Bake in a well-greased 8" x 8" x 2" pan at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.
This is wonderful with warm applesauce (spiced or plain) spooned over it.