Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 45 mins

This is my mother-in-laws famous brown bread recipe. We find these rolls at every family gathering! I reach for this recipe over and over again when we are craving bread for it has so few ingredients and so easy to make. My kids make a meal out of it in the mornings especially when they get to slather their own homemade strawberry jam over the top! Makes 3 loaves or 48 rolls

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the yeast, sugar, and 1/4 cup of warm water.
  2. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. (Yeast is good if it foams!) In large bowl combine water, salt, molasses, and Crisco.
  4. Stir until salt dissolves.
  5. Add the yeast mixture and stir well.
  6. Sift in 6 cups of flour and stir until mixed well.
  7. Keep adding flour until mixture becomes too hard to stir.
  8. Flop the dough onto a well floured surface and knead 6-8 minutes.
  9. Place dough in large greased bowl, cover, set in warm place and let raise until double in size.
  10. Punch dough down and with greased hands form into 3 loaves and place in greased loaf pans or form into approx.
  11. 48 rolls and place in greased pans.
  12. Preheat oven to 350.
  13. Let formed dough rise.
  14. Cook in preheated oven at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
  15. Let bread/rolls sit in pans for 5-10 minutes then finish cooling on wire racks.
  16. Brush butter over the tops and ENJOY!
Most Helpful

I halved the recipe and used my bread machime for the dough, excellent soft and fluffy, tastes is great also, I got I loaf and 9 rolls. Thanks for a great easy recipe!!!!!

Carole Koehler November 03, 2003

These are the best dark rolls I have ever had! Such a simple recipe and such great flavor. Thanks for posting, SA jr! =)

Aroostook October 20, 2003