The very first thing I baked is pictured above : KOLACHE. I'm guessing I was 7-8 years old the most and I was in charge of baking kolache my grandmother had left in the kitchen. She was needed at the harvest activities and it was left up to me to bake them. All I can remember is to get them out of the oven when they get golden brown, golden brown...
Memories go deep and every time I bake kolache I venture into my grandmother's kitchen where it all started.
Today, many years later I wanted to show how you to make Kolache, an old tradition my grandmother taught me.
You can also view my video tutorial : MORAVIAN KOLACHE RECIPE VIDEO TUTORIAL
Moravian Kolache(using a round cutter about 2.5inch across, makes about 20 kolache)
4tbl butter melted, cooled
2egg yolks, room temperature
1egg, room temperature
1/2tsp vanilla extract
2 packages of dry yeast + 1/4 tsp
1cup warm milk
4tbl butter - room temperature to soft butter, but not melted
2 cups farmer's cheese, room temperature (how to make farmer's cheese)
1/2 cup sugar
1egg -to make the eggwash
- Prepare yeast mixture: into a small dish add warm milk, honey and dry yeast, whisk together and set aside for 5 minutes, until foamy on the top.
- In the meantime, into the bowl of your mixer measure flour and pinch of salt.
- In a small dish melt butter and combine it with oil, set aside.
- In a small dish whisk together egg yolks, egg and vanilla extract, set aside.
- Make a little well in the flour, pour yeast mixture in and then add butter an oil, egg mixture and sugar.
- Using a hook attachment knead on low speed, dough is soft. Knead for about 2 minutes or so, before the dough forms the ball, add soft butter and knead until the dough gathers on the hook and sides of the mixer are clean.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead if with your hands for about 5 minutes until it comes to a nice ball.
- Spray a bowl with nonstick spray or brush it with oil, add the dough into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour.
- You can also use your oven and let the dough rise there. Here is a little trick: bring 3 cups of water to boil, pour boiling water into a shallow dish. Place the dish with boiling water on the bottom rack in your oven and put the bowl with the yeast dough on the middle rack, just above the dish with boiling water. Close the oven door and watch the dough rise.
- While the dough is rising you can prepare the fillings. I'm using farmer's cheese, you can also use ricotta cheese or jam,walnut filling, poppy seed filling etc.
- Stir together cheese, sugar and egg yolks, stir until well combined. Set aside.
- Once the dough has risen, punch it down and turn it out onto a floured surface, don't knead too hard, just very gently to gather the dough together, then you can divide it and roll it out into about 1/4 inch thick or so.
- Line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 385F
- Kolache with Topping: Cut out rounds( I used a cutter about 2.5inch across) and place them onto the baking sheet. Using a bottom of a small glass press the bottom into the rounds, creating a deep and wide well, fill the well with cheese. Let rise for 20-30 minutes.
- Kolache with Filling and Topping , my grandmother used to make these : cut out rounds from the dough, then stretch the rounds a little and put the filling in the center, gather 2 oposite sides of the round and press them together meeting in the middle, repeat until you have a small pouch formed, place it onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let rise for 20 -30 minutes, then using your fingers press gently in the center of kolache to create a small well, fill it with cheese.
- You can also fill these with jam if you'd like, they are my favorite.
- In a small dish whisk together egg to make eggwash.
- Brush all the kolache with egg wash.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the top.
- You can make these ahead of time, freeze them and enjoy them every morning with coffee or tea. Just pop them into the microwave for 15-30 seconds.