Gingerbread Loaf

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

3/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons ginger

1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350°F Lightly grease and flour pan; set aside.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat on medium speed, 3 minutes, scraping bowl often. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-55 min, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with butter sauce and whipped cream if desired; or let cool completely and decorate with icing.