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Fruit Kolaches

Fruit Kolaches are a Czech pastry that are delicious They are a soft bread filled with fruit filling or jam. Kolaches are a staple in Texas.
This post was originally written in honor of the people of West, TX who experienced the fertilizer explosion in 2013.

Last week our nation saw a lot of tragedy. The Boston marathon bombing and the fertilizer explosion in West, TX. Both are difficult situations. While I have a friend who lives in Boston, I could relate more to the tragedy in West, TX. I lived about 60 miles from there for quite a few years. I have driven through West many times. I even stopped there a few times to get some of their wonderful food.

West is a community with a large population of Czechs. They host Westfest every year. It is a Czech & Polka festival. I never made it to Westfest, but it sounds like a lot of fun.

One Czech food I have tried and loved is kolaches. There are fruit kolaches, sausage kolaches (klobasnek), & cheese kolaches. My favorite are klobasnek. In honor of West, I’ve decided to learn to make kolaches. I’m going to make Fruit Kolaches & Klobasnek.

If you would like to learn more about Westfest, The Westfest Website is very informative.  Also you can read about how the Czech Stop helped feed the volunteers and people of West during this tragedy here.
Recipe adapted from Confections of A Foodie Bride
Yield: 15 kolaches

Fruit Kolaches

Fruit Kolaches
Prep Time 20 minutes
Rest & Chill Time 6 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes


Kolaches Dough

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/4 cups flour


  • 15 Tbsp jam or pie filling


  1. Add water, milk & butter to small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup. Heat in microwave to 110 - 115 degrees F. Heat 30 seconds at a time. It took 1 minute 15 seconds for me.
  2. Add liquid mixture to stand mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast over water and gently mix. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Yeast will become foamy. 
  3. Add 2 eggs, sugar, and salt. Turn mixer on low and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Add flour in two batches and mix until just combined. If it's really wet, add 1/4 cup flour. Allow dough to rest in bowl for 2 hours. 
  5. The dough will be wet and sticky. After the 2 hours, place bowl of dough in refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours.
  6. Divide dough into 15 balls. I floured my hands as I made the balls.
  7. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Place balls in pan. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 375.
  9. Using a spoon or your fingers press down in the middle just a little. Spoon jam into the indentation. I used my homemade blue raspberry jam. You can use fresh fruit, dried fruit, or any kind of jam or jelly. 
  10. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until gold brown. Remove from the oven and brush bread with butter. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Saturday 27th of February 2021

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Thursday 11th of March 2021

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