Ronnie gave me some of the  most delicious molasses I’ve had in a long time and last night I made Guinness Bread. It’s NOT a waste of beer to make this wonderous, malty, dark bread. The trick is to make sure the beer is cold, the pan is well greased and the flour is fresh.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups self-rising flour*  (I used unbleached plain flour, baking powder and salt)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (I used Splenda to cut the sugar content)
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • A pinch of salt (roughly 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 12 ounces of Guinness beer
  • Butter for greasing the pan and painting the top, about 3 tablespoons

* If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can substitute using a ratio of 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, plus 1/8 teaspoon of salt, for every cup of self-rising flour. Have made both ways though and got better results from the self-rising flour.

Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan well with butter.

2 Pour the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl and whisk to combine.

3 Slowly pour the Guinness into the flour mixture. (The “pub cans” are larger than 12 ounces, but they have better carbonation, so I pour most of it out and leave a swig to drink. This has never failed me, but if you are a stickler, use a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness instead.) 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.

4 Pour into the loaf pan to no more than 2/3 full. Pop into the oven immediately and bake for 50 minutes (if using Splenda, cut the baking time down by about 8 minutes) . Since ovens can vary, check the bread after 40 minutes and see if a toothpick inserted into the deepest part of the loaf comes out clean. If it does, you’re done.

5 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.

Source: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/guinness_bread_with_molasses/

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