Muster Gingerbread



1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp. Soda

1/2 cup shortening (chicken fat preferred)

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg beaten

l tsp. Ginger

1 cup molasses

1 tsp. Cinnamon

3 cups sifted pastry flour

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup boiling water

1/4 tsp cloves


1. Heat oven with control set for moderate oven ~ 350 degrees.
2. Butter and flour two pans 10x7 or 8" square if thicker loaf is desired.
3. Mix and sift flour, soda, salt and spices.
4. Cream shortening and sugar
5. add molasses and beaten egg.
6. Stir in dry ingredients.
7. Slowly add boiling water.
8. Turn into prepared pans.
9. Bake until it comes away from the sides of the pan, requires about 25-30 minutes.
10. It should be slightly and evenly rounded over the top, never cracked open.