Guinness Bread with Molasses
3 cups self-rising flour*
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
A pinch of salt
12 ounces of Guinness extra stout
Butter for greasing the pan and painting the top, about 3 tablespoons
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan well with butter. Whisk together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
Slowly pour the Guinness into the flour mixture. Start stirring the beer into the dry ingredients, and when you are about halfway done, add the molasses. Mix well, just to combine. Don’t work the heck out of the batter – because that’s what it’ll look like – but you don’t want lumps, either.
Pour into the loaf pan to no more than 2/3 full. Pop into the oven immediately and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Since ovens can vary, check the bread after 40 minutes and see if a tester inserted into the deepest part of the loaf comes out clean. If it does, you’re done.
Let the loaf cool a bit, maybe 5 minutes, and then turn it out onto a rack. Paint it with lots of soft butter, which will melt as you go.