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How To Make a Kolache

Submitted by: | Source: Czech and Slovak bakers from West,Texas and Grandpaskip

How to Make a Kolache
2010-11-19 Other
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WEST, which is situated almost halfway between Austin and Dallas, is a hamlet for the descendants of Czech immigrants—it’s the “Czech Heritage Capital of Texas.” And what you’ll find there is one of the tastiest pastries ever made—the Kolache. This sweet, soft, yeasty roll filled with either apricots, prunes, cheese, poppy seeds or sausage is always an excellent excuse to stop the car, stretch your legs and chow down. Everyone in the state loves kolaches, and while you can sometimes find them in the big cities, for some reason they just taste better in WEST. Perhaps it’s the water, or perhaps it’s the history, or perhaps it’s the competition between all those Czech bakeries serving their interpretation of the same treat, but most will agree that if you want the best kolaches, you must travel to WEST, TEXAS. You can make kolaches with a variety of fillings. Here is a West, Texas basic recipe along with a few ideas and pointers on what you can put in them.

  • Servings: 36 to 48 Kolaches
  • Prep Time: 2-1/2 hours (assemble, mix, and 2 rises)
  • Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes (until golden)
  • Total Time: About 3 hours


2 Envelopes
Dry Yeast
(2-1/4 Teaspoons Each)
½ oz Total
¼ Cup
Lukewarm Water
1 Tablespoon
2 Cups
½ cup Plus 1 Tablespoon
½ Cup
2 Teaspoons
Egg Yolks, beaten
All Purpose Flour
Softened Butter As Needed


1. In a small bowl, mix the yeast and water until dissolved. Be sure the water is no warmer than 110 degrees F. Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar and let stand for at least five minutes.

2. In a small sauce pan, heat milk until scalded. Remove from heat and mix butter and sugar. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes. Add salt and egg yolks.

3. Combine both milk and yeast mixtures in a large bowl and stir well. Using a heavy mixer, slowly add the flour to the mixture.

4. Begin kneading the dough on a lightly floured surface until it begins to take a shiny or glossy appearance. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover, let rise for 60-90 minutes in a warm, draft free location.

5. Using a spoon, or cookie scoop cut out egg shape pieces of the dough and roll them in the palm of your hand to make small round balls. Place them on a greased baking pan or cookie sheet approximately 1 inch apart. Brush the top of each ball with softened butter and allow to rise for another 45 minutes.

6. To Make Sausage Kolaches:

Wrap the sausage with the dough ball and seal the edges tightly with your fingers.

7. To Make Kolaches Using Other Types of Fillings:

Using two fingers, make a deep indentation in the dough, as deep as you can without penetrating the bottom. Fill with fruit, jam or jelly or most any other filling.

8. Bake the Kolaches at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow them to cool for a few minutes, then serve right away.

NOTE: Check arrows at picture for other Kolache photos. --- aka --- Grandpaskip

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