Kolache (koláče) is a Czech pastry filled with raspberry, apricot, poppy seed or cottage cheese.
19th-century Czech immigrants to America introduced kolache to Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Nebraska.
Many restaurants and bakeries specialize in Kolache and there is even a Houston-based fast-food franchise called
The Kolache Factory.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 1/4-oz packages active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm milk (110 deg F)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup melted shortening
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- Pour yeast into 1/2 cups of lukewarm water. Set aside to soak.
- In a separate bowl mix together 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cup melted shortening and 2 cups sifted flour.
Beat well. Add in 2 beaten eggs and yeast mixture and mix well. Set aside to rest until bubbly and spongy.
- Add 3 1/2 cups of flour and blend well. Set aside to rise for 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again for 1 hour.
- To Make Filling: beat together 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup of raisins.
Add cottage cheese and mix well.
- Pinch off 1 inch balls from dough and press an indentation in the center of each. Put filling in. Let rise 15 minutes,
then bake at 425 deg F (220 deg C) until golden - 12-18 minutes.
- YIELD: 48 kolache
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Last updated: October 12, 2010
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