100g caster sugar
300g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
250ml hot water
1-Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 23cm (9 in) square tin.
2-In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg, and mix in the treacle.
3-In a bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Blend into the creamed mixture. Stir in the hot water. Pour into the prepared tin.
4-Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin before serving.