Yeast rolls...YEASTY flavored rolls

Hi gang,
I have been a cook for years on offshore oilrigs around the world.
I have been looking for months on the web for a recipe for rolls that have that BIG yeasty taste.
I am 59yrs old and have memories of he lunchroom ladies in school serving these rolls....large...soft...and FULL of a yeasty flavor!!
If anybody can help me with this....and I don't know if it is cool on this website.....my e mail is btogb @ cat lover. com....and GOD I would love the help!!
I have been searching and joining websites all over looking for this.
Even the Martha Stewart page....you can't ask questions....and I understand that they can not employ enough people to answer the millions of emals.....so I am trying here-thank you much

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Lori Terwilliger
Lori Terwilliger January 26, 2019

Part of the reason you get a yeasty flavor in rolls or bread is because more yeast was used than usual, so the dough will rise faster. My mom used to be one of those lunch ladies, and that was the only way they could make dough at 6am and have hot rolls ready for the 11 am lunch crowd. Instead of using the usual 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast, you would get the yeasty result you are looking for by increasing that by half- in other words putting in almost a full tablespoon of yeast at the start. Another way you can get a yeasty flavor is to start ahead of time, making a biga or poolish starter. Or you can add in plain old malted milk, along with your flour, or even malted barley flakes. I imagine you could also use barley malt syrup as the sweetening agent. But if you are particularly interested in the old lunchroom style, and don't want to go to all the effort of a starter or malted milk powder, the easiest way is to simply overdo it with your yeast.

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Nancy
Nancy January 26, 2019

Agree with Lori.
A few more comments.
I suspect they were also made with all white flour and some milk.
Some sites group recipes by decade, so you could look in your decade.
If not by decade, web search turns up more than a baker's dozen (sorry) of recipes for "school lunchroom cafeteria rolls" just on first page.
Enjoy your baking!

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quasimodo69
quasimodo69 January 26, 2019

I want to thank both of you for your answers.
I didn't think about the search terns you offered either.
Soon I hope to enjoying some hot rolls....WITH FLAVOR!!

Thanks!!!! YIPPPEEEE!

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