In a bowl (1qt) place
¾ cup sugar
1 ¾ cup flour
1 full tbsp shortening
½ tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tbsp ginger
with a hand mixer stir together 30 seconds.
In a cup measure put ¾ cup warm water & stir in 4 tbsp molasses, and slowly stir into the flour mixture until smooth.
Place into 4x8 baking pan or one like that, it should be thick, if it fills to the top it's ok.
Bake in medium oven 360 degrees about 40 minutes. Touch lightly the center there should be no wet spots. Bake until solid no matter how long it takes.
Do not under bake it's okay to have a slight dark brown edge.