Kolache (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče) are a type of pastry consisting of fillings ranging from fruits to cheeses inside a bread roll. Originally only a sweet dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States.
Anywa, it's not a perfect day (for me) to make this excellent bread.. I got lots of things to do at the same time while I was making it and honestly with you..I missed doing things that I would normally do for bread baking ! Luckily it came out good ,I though, think I could do it better... the taste is beyond I expected !!
1 package of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups of all-purpose flour ( I used bread flour)
2 eggs ( I went for 1 egg)
3/4 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of salt
3 ½ oz coarsely chopped dried apricots (about 1/2 cup)
Enough water to cover
4 tablespoons sugar more to taste
Cook dried apricots slowly in enough water to cover until fruit is soft and water is cooked out (about 12 minutes). Do not cover or fruit turns dark. Add sugar and mash with a potato masher until well blended. Fills 8
Cream Cheese Filling
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Stir the ingredients together.
Cinnamon Crumb Topping Posypk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon melted butter
Mix all ingredients together until mixture resembles coarse meal. This makes enough to cover MORE than 8, so you can scale it down more it if
1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm milk, sugar and one cup of flour. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.
2. Beat together eggs, 1/2 cup of melted butter (reserve 1/4 cup for brushing on the pastry) and salt. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and blend.
3. Stir in about two more cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough should be soft and moist. Knead dough for about 10 minutes on floured surface. Don't worry, its a joy to knead as the dough is smooth and highly malleable.
4. Put dough in a greased bowl and let rise covered until doubled in sizeabout an hour. After dough has risen, punch it down and pull off egg-sized pieces. In your hands, roll pieces into balls and then flatten to about three inches in diameter. Brush with melted butter.
Place flattened pieces on a greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise again for another half-hour. After second rising, with your finger gently make an indention in the center of the dough (be careful not to flatten it too much) and fill with one tablespoon of fruit filling and sprinkle with posypka.
5. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with melted butter when you take them out of the oven and serve warm.