4.39 of 31

Kolaches I

A traditional Czech pastry, it can be filled with a variety of fillings.
Prep20 Mins
Cook20 Mins
Ready130 Mins


  • 2 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 1/2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fruit preserves


  1. 1Pour warm milk over yeast, and let dissolve. Then add sugar, shortening, salt, eggs, egg yolks, and flour. Stir until well combined. Remove dough to a well oiled bowl, and turn once to coat the surface. Cover, and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  2. 2Dish out dough with a tablespoon, and roll into balls. Brush each with shortening, and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  3. 3Flatten the balls, and make a depression in the centers. Fill with fruit preserves. Allow to rise.
  4. 4Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
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