This is a Danish bun version of Kolacky, a delicious pastry. Use your own favorite sweet dough recipe instead of this particular one, if you prefer. You can make or use any kind of filling you like, or make a variety. You can use canned pie filling, or use Solo pastry fillings. Solo has some very good fillings….raspberry, poppy seed, apricot and almond. The glaze is optional. It just adds a little more sweetness. This recipe can be cut in half.
In a large mixing bowl, add first 6 ingredients and mix on low to medium speed for about 2 minutes.
Add the all-purpose flour and powdered milk; beat for 2 minutes more. Stir in the bread flour and mix well. (You may need to add a little more flour if the batter is too sticky).
Add the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
Form the dough into a smooth ball and place it into the greased bowl, turning the dough over so that both sides are greased. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled; approximately 1-2 hours depending on the warmth of the area.
Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Punch down the dough. Divide the dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to ¼ inches thick. Use a glass or a cookie cutter that is 3-4 inches in diameter and cut out rounds of dough as closely as possible so there will not be much dough left over.
Note: Do not re-roll left over dough. It will make the pastry tough.
Place cut-out rounds onto the parchment lined cookie sheets about 1-2 inches apart. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place for about 40-45 minutes.
Repeat with the other half of dough.
Make a well or depression in the center of each piece of dough round. I use the back of a rounded cookie scooper or you can use your fingers to make a small well. Fill each indent with 1 Tablespoon of apricot filling.
Brush around the tops and sides of the pastry with 1 beaten egg. Set in a warm place and let rise for another 15-20 minutes; uncovered.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Bake kolacky at 325 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes.
Remove pastries from baking sheets and cool on racks. Drizzle glaze over the kolacky, while warm but, not hot.
Glaze: Stir milk into sugar and mix until creamy. Add vanilla. Drizzle over pastries. You can add more confectioners' sugar to make it thicker, or thin it with a little milk or water.