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Winning “kolache” recipe / Recept na tradicni kolace May 18, 2007

Filed under: Recipes — Tanja @ 9:10 pm

Hi Everyone / Nazdar vsichni!

5237.jpg I found this “State Grand Champion Poppy Seed Kolaches” (by Claudia Matcek). I haven’t made it according to her instructions yet but it seems easy to understand. I have a real appreciation for such recipes because I have countlessly tried to bake Kolace (and various other Czech pastry) but with…..let’s just say, little luck. The problem was that I was reading the recipes out of the Czech cookbooks and ingredients such as “kostka masla” (cube of butter) or “prasek na peceni” or (one package of baking powder) does not have an equivalent here in the US unless you have stocked up supplies from the Czech Republic.
Anyway, good luck, here it is and let me know how they came out!

Claudia Matcek’s
State Grand Champion
Poppy Seed Kolaches

Claudia is proud to say she is the 1987 State and Burleson County
Grand Champion Kolache Baker and the 1996 County Grand Champion!
2 pkgs. dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 1/4 cups sifted flour
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter or oleo
1 cup flour sifted

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and let stand. Heat milk in saucepan until pretty hot to touch, almost scalding. Remove from heat and stir in butter or oleo and 1/2 cup sugar. Cool to lukewarm and add yeast mixture. In large bowl combine salt and 5 1/4 cups flour. Add the yeast and milk mixture to flour and mix. Mix in egg yolks. Mix in enough of last cup of flour for desired texture. (“So it’s workable, not too sticky to take out of bowl and knead.”) Most of the time I use the whole cup. Knead on floured board until glossy. Grease bowl. Put dough in bowl, rolling it around to grease dough. Cover and let it rise in warm place until double in bulk. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut into individual kolaches with biscuit cutter. Place on greased pan so not quite touching. Brush with softened butter or oleo and let rise again covered until light to touch. Make indention in each and fill with filling of your choice. Bake in 375 degree oven until brown, about 25 minutes. Remove and brush with softened butter or oleo.
Poppy Seed Filling:
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup ground poppy seed
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon butter or oleo

Heat milk and when it boils add sugar, flour and poppy seed, stirring vigorously. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and then add vanilla. Cool filling before adding to kolaches dough. Spoon about one teaspoon filling in each kolache
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons oleo
4 tablespoons milk

Combine ingredients. Spoon over kolaches while still warm.

Recipe taken from:’s.htm


One Response to “Winning “kolache” recipe / Recept na tradicni kolace”

  1. Tanja Says:

    Just finished baking kolace and it came out great! I mean, not perfect (mine are kind of giant), but great! The only thing I didn’t get was the glaze. It turned out runny and when I spooned it over the kolace it didn’t stay on. Other than that, I am pretty satisfied with my baking skills;) Now, if you excuse me, I am going to have another one of my art pieces….

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