When I was in 5th grade, we had to do a project about the country our family immigrated from. We put different things from our culture into our presentation and had to write a short paper about the country we were from. Then, when we were all done with our presentations, we had Immigration Day. We all got matched up in couples so that we would be "married." I got stuck with Cameron, the shortest boy in our class (story of my life), and we all went through Ellis Island (which coincidentally looked a lot like our school cafeteria), and at the end we all got a cup of tapioca pudding, because apparently that's what immigrants eat. Anyways, I did my report on Czechoslovakia, and my Nana came over and taught my sister and I how to make kolache.
According to my mom we both hated it and she had to throw almost all of them out, but my Nana also apparently used prune jelly. No wonder we didn't like them. I had some strawberry/rhubarb jelly in the fridge that I was looking for something to do with, and remembered that I could make kolache! My dad doesn't have my Nana's recipe anymore, but I found one on tasteofhome.com.
A couple tips before you start:
You will need arm muscles that are more functional than a wet noodle and
This is extremely time consuming.
You will need:
2 1/4oz packages of dry active yeast
1/2 cup of sugar, divided
5-6 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of warm milk (110 degrees)
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup of melted butter
1 beaten egg white
2 cups of canned fruit filling (I used jam.)
In small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar in warm milk, let stand for 10 minutes.
In large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, remaining sugar, egg yolks (JUST THE YOLK!), salt, butter, and the milk/yeast mixture. Mix until smooth. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. (I ended up using a little over 5 cups of flour.)
Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. Add additional flour if necessary, it shouldn't be sticky at all. FYI, you will look at the clock when your arms get tired, and you will still have a long time to go.
Place dough in a greased bowl, then turn it over so that the top and the bottom of the dough are both greased. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm place for one hour. I just put the bowl on the stove and turned the stovetop light on, and that seemed to be warm enough.
After an hour, punch the dough down, cover, and wait another hour. (I wasn't joking about this being time consuming.)
Once it has risen again, roll out until dough is 1/2 an inch thick. Cut dough using the opening of a glass.
Place on greased cookie sheet and let rise another 45 minutes. Then make indentations on each one with your thumb (make them deep!) and fill each indentation with fruit filling. Cook at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
I totally forgot to take pictures of this, but I did take one of the finished product ....