Monday, October 20, 2008

Kolaches

What? You’ve never had a kolache? Around here, most people have had a kolache. Most people actually have their own family recipe that is “the best”. The kids and I spent Sunday afternoon in Wahoo at my parents. My Dad thought it would be fun to make some homemade kolaches, but to knead and partially rise the dough in the bread machine. We were so excited to see our results! If the bread machine yielded delicious kolaches, we would have found a precious shortcut to a long and laborious recipe. So? How were they? Awesome!

We used the dough recipe from my Grandma Swanda. The dough can also be used to make clover leaf rolls, crescent rolls- just about anything. We did the fillings Grandma Hain style. Her secret for good poppy seed filling is a little grape jam mixed in. But, you can use an type of filling. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and now that Dad has discovered a quick and easy way to make kolaches, I think we’ll be making them a lot more often!

Grandma Swanda’s Kolache dough

1 1/2 c. Milk (Evaporated or whole milk)

6 T. Margarine, softened

1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

3 T. sugar

1 1/2 t. salt

1T. plus 3/4 t. dry active yeast

4 1/2 c. flour

fillings of your choice

Warm milk in microwave or on stove top. Place warm milk, eggs, margarine, salt and sugar in bread machine. Cover completely with flour. Pour yeast on top of flour. Turn bread machine on dough setting.

When dough is done- roll into 2″ balls and place an inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Cover with tea towel and rise 30 minutes or until double in size. Place fingers in center of dough ball and pulling outward, create a well for the filling. Repeat on each ball. Fill each with filling. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

6 comments:

Laura P. said...

my sister's MIL makes these...they're sooo good!

Maryanna said...

No, Ive never heard of these, but they look delish.

themilkmanswife said...

Oooo!! Yum! I'm a czech girl too (almost 100%) and kolaches are a holiday favorite in my family. Your's look perfect! I'm finally going to give my Grandma's recipe a try this year...I'm not sure I can wait until Christmas though. Especially after seeing how yummy your's look!

Rachel said...

Ive never heard of kolaches, but they look delicious! I really want to try them out! Could you do the dough in a kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook?

Sherri said...

You certainly could use your dough attachment. I would let the dough rise an addition 30min-1 hr. before you roll them into balls!

KMAYS said...

I haven't had a kolache since I left Texas, and I miss them so much!