This recipe has been tucked into my file box for nearly 50 years! Before we were married , Joe and I enjoyed the company of a couple who later moved to Midland, Texas. Staunch Texas A&M fans, they often attended football games and alumni gatherings wherever they lived, so naturally they accepted an invitation to an alumni event in their new city. Carrying their picnic potluck contribution, they drove up to the covered park pavilion and joined the large crowd of fellow supporters already immersed in catching up conversations and general hilarity. Since they were new to the area, they were not surprised to feel like they didn’t know anyone, but joined right in with group fun, and of course, group food. After a satisfying intake they grabbed some more iced tea and settled down to relax and wait for the videos of recent Aggie games that were always shown on big screens at social occasions like this.
After a while, when there were no screens being set up, they asked about it, got a puzzled look and when some comments about the most recent A&M football victory did not get an expected response, a discovery was made. They had just attended a local bank employee picnic where they had eaten their fill! They found this much less amusing than all the bank workers, and soon left in embarrassment, driving away with none of the bravado with which they arrived. I confess that I never really asked what they took to the picnic, but it is likely that the offering was Brown Rolls, the recipe which was given to me in July, 1963.
Brown( AKA Gig’Em Aggie) Rolls
1. 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup Kellogg’s All Bran
2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup Crisco
2. Pour 1 cup boiling water over above ingredients and cool.
3. Beat 2 eggs in small bowl
4. Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1 cup lukewarm water.
5. Mix all 3 solutions together
6. 6 cups of flour, sifted.
7. Stir, and mix all together very well. No kneading. Let rise about 2 hours Punch down and roll on floured board. Cut with round cutter and let rise about 2 hours again. Bake.
Store unused portion in refrigerator. Will keep for days. Delicious!