A friend of mine was telling me about buying kolache at a bakery recently and wanted to know if I ever bake them, hint hint.  I told her to never buy them again and to just place an order with me.  The store bought kolache are always stale and they use that gloppy pie filling that is sold in the plastic sleeves in the grocery store.  Bleck!
For the dough: 

1 C. milk
10 T. melted butter
1 large egg plus 2 large yolks.  Save the whites for brushing.
1/3 C. sugar
2-1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3-1/2-4 C. flour

Mix together and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl and cover it and proof until doubled.

Once it has doubled cut it into 16 pieces.  Cover them and let them rise until doubled.

Grease the bottom of a 1/4 cup measuring cup and press down firmly in the middle of each ball.

Kolache are named after the Old Slavic word, kolo which means circle or wheel.  You can see why.

Brush them with the reserved egg whites.

Then fill them with your favorite filling.  I have been making lots of jam with local strawberries so I used my own strawberry jam.

Bake them at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  They should just be turning golden.

Don't overcook them because they will be too dry.

I like to drizzle them with a vanilla glaze.

The buns themselves are not very sweet.

They should be a light, fluffy bun with a sweet filling.  You can make a filling using cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots or anything that floats your boat.


Anonymous said…
I thought it was the same we do here but it isn't. We use a shortcrust pastry so now I need to try these too :-)

Have a great day!
Guillaume said…
My mum used to make something like this, biscuits/cakes with jam in the middle. I always loved it.
DDD said…
What a great friend!!!
So pretty and delicious fresh made cookies.
Craig said…
Oh yum... I just out an inch onto my waste looking at these.
Texan said…
oh my, yummy, I will be right over! :O)
Leeanna said…
OMG! When I saw Kolache as the title for today I knew it would be great. We have a rather large German and Slavic population here in my little part of Texas. I've seen kolaches with cream cheese in the centers. Sooooo good! The biggest sellers are the sausage kolaches.
1st Man said…
I'll drive up to Texan's and hitch a ride with her, ha!!
Kay said…
I've certainly never made anything like this. You never cease to amaze me. I wish I lived next to you!
There are only so many ways to say DELICIOUS. They look so-oooo GOOD.
What is fascinating is that they look like something from a high end bakery...and they are! :)
Sandy said…

Your Kolache's look delicious. I've never had the sweet Kolache before, just those with sausage, jalapeno's, and cheese. I'm going to keep this recipe and try the sweet way. I may even use the dough recipe to make the meat version.
Thank you for sharing.
Barb said…
My Bohemian MIL used to make these! very good!