The Art of Beer Cooking: Guinness Molasses Bread

As I was walking around at the Madison farmer’s market this morning I realized there are so many different kinds of breads being sold there. I had never really paid attention to them. I decided to get some very delicious zucchini bread which was a great choice. So here I bring you a recipe inspired from my morning walk. Just like a regular beer bread the carbonation and yeast in the beer helps the bread to rise. This recipe tastes great with Guinness but you can get creative and use any beer you like. Maybe add some nuts or chocolate chips for texture.


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 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

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

Mix together the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Slowly pour  and stir the Guinness into the dry mixture. When you are about halfway done, add the molasses and mix until combined.

Pour into the loaf pan to no more than 2/3 full. Pop into the oven immediately and bake for 50 minutes. To make sure it’s done stick a toothpick into the deepest part of the loaf and if it comes out clean, it’s done.

Let the loaf cool for about five minutes, and then turn it out onto a rack. Paint it with lots of soft butter for added moisture.


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