Gently sweet tender pastry-like bread topped with creamy cheese filling and fruit jams, I always love these lovely Kolaches for their soft texture with the combination of velvety cheese filling and the fragrant fruit jam. Every Czech household has their own Kolaches recipe and it varies. As a Kolache lover, here is my Kolaches recipe. (Even though I am not a Czech descendant)
What is Kolaches?
If you have traveled to Czech republic, you will see the lovely pastries named Kolaches (koláče) in many local bakeries. Kolaches are pastry-like soft sweet bread filled with cheese and fruit jams. The traditional flavors include poppy seed, prune, and farmer’s cheese. These pastries are traced back to Eastern Europe origin. In late 1800’s many of Czech immigrants settled in Texas, Nebrasaka, and other Midwest area of U.S. Eventually the traditional Czech Kolaches expands their filling to pineapple, blueberry, peach, cream cheese, and etc – flavors that are available in this country.
What ingredients do you need in this Kolaches recipe?
- all-purpose flour
- powdered sugar
- instant yeast
- egg yolks
- cottage cheese + cream cheese
- fruit jams of your choice
The traditional Kolaches use farmer’s cheese (equivalent to cottage cheese in U.S.), you can mix with cream cheese or use cream cheese only. For the jams, I like to use apricot jam and black currant jams. You can use any type of jams you like.
Just like any other sweet treats, Kolaches are always best on the day you made. However they store nicely in the refrigerator, too. Keep any leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator, and then reheat in a low temperature oven for a few minutes or even in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
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Yields 12 pieces
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup powdered suhar
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 egg yolks
- Egg wash for brushing
- 4 oz cottage filling
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 Tbsp any fruit jam
- 2 tsp water
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- pinch salt
- In a bowl for the electric mixer, stir together flour, powdered sugar, yeast, and salt. Add the egg yolks, melted butter and milk, and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Attach a dough hook to the mixer and knead the dough for 3 minutes.
- Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover tightly with a plastic wrap. Punch a hole for ventilation and cover with a towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in volume, about 1 hr.
- Punch the dough to remove the gas. Form the dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces. Form each dough piece into a ball shape and place in a half sheet pan lined with a parchment paper, place them apart. You should be able to fit all 12 pieces in a pan.
- Flatten down each dough balls with your fingers, then using a glass bottom or anything that has 2.5-inch diameter on a flat surface, press down to leave an indentation. Cover them with a towel and let it rise second time until double in volume.
- Meanwhile prepare the cheese filling by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
- To make the streusel, mix flour, sugar and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and combine together with your fingers until it forms fine crumbs; set aside.
- For the fruit jam filling, mix jam and water and microwave for 7-10 seconds to loosen; Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375?F.
- When the dough pieces are risen again, press again with a glass bottom to leave deeper indentation. Be careful not to deflate the dough. Brush with egg wash.
- Fill each piece with 1 tablespoonful of cheese filling, and 2 teaspoonful of jam filling and sprinkle with streusel topping all over. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let them rest in a pan for 5 minutes, then transfer on to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.