Gingerbread with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

from melskitchencafe.com

*Serves 12

Gingerbread:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1 cup molasses

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup very hot water

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs and molasses and blend again. Sift the dry ingredients together in a mesh strainer directly into the molasses/butter/sugar mixture and mix. Add the hot water and beat until the batter is smooth. It will be fairly thin.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 32-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don't overbake or the gingerbread will be dry.

Serve the gingerbread warm or cold with cinnamon whipped cream and sliced bananas, if desired.

For the cinnamon whipped cream:

In a medium bowl, begin beating the whipped cream. After it starts to just slightly thicken, add the sugar and cinnamon and beat until medium-stiff peaks form.