Friday, January 28, 2011

Texas Monthly Kolache Recipe

Dorothy Bohac’s Kolache Recipe
Recipe featured in the “The Ranch,” November 1998.This recipe comes from Dorothy Bohac, Ph.D., President of the Travis-Williamson Counties Czech Heritage Society. She says that “the quality of a kolache is in the texture of the dough. The texture is controlled by the ingredients, particularly the amount of flour used. A baked kolache should be soft to the touch and the dough should be elastic.”
3 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks2
3/4 cups milk (scald and cool to lukewarm)
7 1/4 cups flour (more or less)
3 teaspoons salt
Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water in a tall glass, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar and set aside to proof. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter, add egg yolks and salt and mix well. Add the dissolved yeast, 1 cup of the flour and mix slowly with an electric mixer. Add the milk and continue adding as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a wooden spoon. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough. Continue kneading until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turn once to grease surface. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Punch dough down and turn out onto lightly floured surface. Pinch off egg size portions and roll into a ball using the palm of your hands in circular motion. Place about 1 inch apart on greased pans. Brush kolaches with melted butter, cover with a cloth and let rise until light, about 1 hour.
Use your fingers to make an indentation in each ball and fill each opening with about 1 tablespoon of filling. Sprinkle with posypka topping (optional) and let rise again for 20 minutes. Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. Brush kolaches with melted butter as they come out of the oven.
Posypka Topping
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter
Mix together until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Poppyseed Filling
1 1/2 cup poppyseeds
1 cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
Combine poppyseeds, sugar and milk, and cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Add butter, then flour which has been dissolved in a little bit of water. Cook, stirring constantly until poppyseed is done, at least 30 minutes. Allow to cool before use. Leftover filling can be frozen.


Cabbage Filling
3 cups grated cabbage

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 oz butter

1/2 cup or more sugar

1/3 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon flour
Fry the cabbage in the butter until soft. Add the salt, black pepper, sugar and flour, and fry until golden brown, being careful not to burn.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to try this recipe. Ever since I moved from Texas, I've been looking for Kolaches. I finally found them in Maryland, but they're not the right texture - dense and sweet (and delicious), but more like pan dulce than kolaches. I'm trying to figure out how to make that light, fluffy, butter-roll type dough that you find in the Waco/Ft Worth Kolaches...