Kolaches (Czech Pastries)

    2 hours 50 minutes

    These traditional Czech pastries can have almost any filling you can think of but a good quality jam is my personal favourite.

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    Serves: 72 

    • 2 1/2 cups (675ml) warm milk
    • 10g dried instant yeast
    • 1/2 cup (125g) caster sugar
    • 125g margarine
    • 3 teaspoons salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 6 1/2 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 cup any fruit jam

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hours rising  ›  Ready in:2hours50min 

    1. Pour warm milk over yeast and let dissolve. Then add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, egg yolks and flour. Stir until well combined. Remove dough to a well oiled bowl and turn once to coat the surface. Cover and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
    2. Scoop out dough with a tablespoon, and roll into balls. Brush each with extra melted butter, place on a baking tray, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.
    3. Flatten the balls, and use your thumb to make a depression in the centre of each. Fill with choice of fruit jam. Allow to rise.
    4. Bake at 190 degrees C for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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    Just like my grandma used to make! I was trying to find her recipe but was unable to find it since she passed away. Thank you for this recipe. It has brought many happy memories to my family! I used apple, almond, mixed nut, and cherry fillings and then topped it with a basic icing. Very very good!  -  14 Jul 2008


    They tasted amazing, though I made them far to big, instead of making 72 I make 19.  -  16 Aug 2012


    Good basic recipe! I used lemon curd and apple fillings. I did not flatten them out prior to baking as I wanted a deep "well" for the fillings. They did puff up quite a bit in the oven!  -  14 Jul 2008