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.
- 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
- 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.
- Add liquid mixture to stand mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast over water and gently mix. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Yeast will become foamy.
- Add 2 eggs, sugar, and salt. Turn mixer on low and mix thoroughly.
- 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.
- The dough will be wet and sticky. After the 2 hours, place bowl of dough in refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Divide dough into 15 balls. I floured my hands as I made the balls.
- Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Place balls in pan. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- 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.
- 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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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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