Mom's Holiday KolachesSubmitted by: COREYLOVE
IntroductionMy mom's traditional Czech recipe - not so healthy but a nice treat we always had at Christmas and Easter My mom's traditional Czech recipe - not so healthy but a nice treat we always had at Christmas and Easter
1/2 c. milk 2%
2 pkgs active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water 110 to 115 F)
3/4 c. butter, unsalted
1/2 c. sugar
1 t salt
4 egg yolks
4-1/2 c sifted all-purpose flour
Thick Preserves -- suggested apricot, peach, pear, strawberry, etc.
Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve.
Cream butter, sugar, salt, and egg yolks together with electric mixer until light and fluffly. Add yeast, milk, and 1-1/2 c flour. Beat with mixer at medium speed 5 minutes, scraping bowl occassionally. Batter should be smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to make a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl. Place in lightly greased bowl, turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hrs (I turn the oven on the lowest setting while I'm mixing, then turn it off, put the bowl inside, and leave the door open slightly).
Stir down; turn onto lightly floured board and divide into 24 pieces of equal size. Shape each piece into a ball. Cover and let rest 10 to 15 minutes.
Place 2" apart on greased baking sheets; press each piece of dough from center outward with fingers or spoon to make a hollow in center with a 1/2" rim around edges. Fill each hollow with 1 level tblsp of fruit preserves. Only use very thick fruit preserves with lots of texture such as apricot, peach, pear, strawberry, and pineapple. Jams such as grape or blackberry will not work as they simply melt away.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30 to 40 minutes.
Optional: Brush rolls lightly with egg whites before baking to make them shiny.
Bake in moderate over (350F) for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Optional: brush rolls lightly with melted butter and sprinkle with confectioners sugar (do not apply sugar until rolls have cooled).
Remove from baking sheets and place on wire racks to cool. Makes 24 kolaches.
Number of Servings: 24
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user COREYLOVE.