Old-Fashion Syrup Bread

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sour milk
1/2 cup nuts and/or raisins, if desired

Mix all ingredients together and put into a large greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.