A good, basic gingerbread. The recipe makes a lot, but can be halved and baked in an 8- or 9-inch square pan.
Cream shortening and molasses; add egg. Stir in dry ingredients and mix well. Add boiling water, and mix. Bake in greased 1 3x9-inch pan at 350 degrees F for half an hour or until done. Serve hot with whipped cream.