I am slowly making my way through this wonderful issue. In march went I went home to TX, I went on a Kolache tour of sorts and found simply wonderful ones at a bakery in La Grange. Texas really is an amazingly diverse food state.
This dessert must also be Chezch. We used to stop at a place between Dallas and Austin at a little shop called the Chezch Stop for our kolache fix. Haven’t had them in years. I think I will try your recipe but with cherries since they are in season now.
I grew up eating kolaches in Texas (Houston/East Texas), but they were/are sausages baked in a delicious bread roll- they’re kind of torpedo-shaped. You can get varieties with cheese/sausage/jalapeno also. Shipley’s is the donut/kolache shop to beat in Texas (and there are loads, believe me). I never knew kolaches could also be sweet pastries…
Okay, I am Czech and to be honest-I am really, really suprised that something like this is so popular!
And about the word ‘kolachky’ (correctly written ‘koláčky’)-it is a diminutive for ‘koláč’ which is the universal appellation for a cake or a pie. And the kinds of ‘kolaches’ that is this recipe for are mostly filled with cheese, poppy or some kind of fruit jam. But it has many varieties.
What about sausage kolaches? Is that a deviation from the traditional Czech brand? There’s this great Kolache shop in Houston on Bingle near Longpoint my Dad used to go to. He brought freshly baked jalepeno sausage kolaches into the house every Sunday! (And then I moved out of state……and lost weight )
Thanks for posting this! I don’t know if I want to make kolaches first, or run out and get that issue of Saveur! We’ve had amazing kolaches from a bakery in West, Texas but haven’t ever made them from scratch. This looks like the recipe to try! BTW, I can’t remember if we already told you that you’re on our blogroll, but we love what you’re doing!
My Czech grandmother actually owned a bakery in Chicago that of course, stocked kolache! My dad was pretty adamant about passing on a heritage of Czech cooking so growing up we had a blue antique poppy seed grinder from Czechoslovakia that we used to hand grind poppyseeds to make a tar-like, sweet and earthy kolache filling. Plus, Italian prune trees in our backyard to supply fruit for the traditional plum. I sent him a link to this post and I know he’ll be delighted. Store bought anything is just never the same…
I’m catching up with your latest posts – congrats on your first 100th! Here is to much more! I enjoy your elegant and eloquent writing as much as I drool over the photos. (Once I get an oven, I’ll cook to the recipes you post, too!)
And a few words on ‘kolaches’ — it seems in Russia we have the same deliciousness known as ‘vatrushki’. Suddenly, I feel nostalgic…which is good. Thanks!
I’m making the sausauge ones today… Your dough recipe (- 1 Tbl of sugar), and stuffed with an 1/8th of a section of andouille sausage each. Top with butter and a sprinkling of sea salt. Swim Meet food to go.
I got so excited when I saw this recipe because my grandmother used to make kolachi (they were of Czechoslovakian descent). I have fond memories of apricot and nut kolachi, hers looked much different, but I am definitely going to try your recipe out. I really enjoy your blog, keep up the good work!
I just made this recipe, via your helpful breakdown. Filled some with the cheese filling, others with homemade apricot and strawberry jams. Oh so good! Thanks for calling my attention to this recipe (and for sorting through the crazy on our behalf).
Haven’t made these since last summer’s swim meet. Making them tonight for the beach tomorrow. I guess I associate kolaches with summer. Sausage ones were great. Tonight I’m using some nice chorizo from Niman Ranch.
The way the Saveur recipe is written isn’t so “crazy pants” after all. Saying “19 Tbs + 1 tsp” is easier and clearer than saying “1 cup + 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp” or “1 cup + 3 1/3 Tbsp”. The large number of tablespoon measures called for in the remainder of the recipe simply maintains a consistent unit of measure. As with most of these types of foods, there’s no wrong way to spell them or make them, and dozens of delicious variations to work your way through!
The sausage ones are called kolasneke. I probably did not spell that correctly. The dough is not a sweet dough like the dough used for a kolache. I also use cream cheese for my cheese kolache. My mother-in-law used home made cottage cheese. Cottage cheese today has too much water.