Cherry Kolaches

Cassie * Recipe

By Cassie * 1lovetocook1x

about 72
30 Min
10 Min

These pastries are another recipe I enjoyed making. The recipe also came from my April/May TOH magazine.

The recipe came from a lady named Evelyn Nesiba/ Ravenna, Nebraska. She is of Czechoslovakian decent.

These are delicious pastries. A little time consuming, but oh so worth it.

"These sweet yeast buns with fruit or poppy seed filling are a true Czech tradition. They are also popular in other Slavic nations, which sometimes use the spellings kolacky or kolachke". (Words from Evelyn).

Picture and recipe courtesy of Taste of Home.

These pastries have my families approval...

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2 pkg
(1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 c
warm water (110° to 115°)
2 1/2 c
warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
3/4 c
3/4 c
butter, softened
2 tsp
11 c
flour ( to 11 1/2 cups)
2 can(s)
(21 ounces each) cherry pie filling
1/2 c
2 Tbsp
corn starch
2 Tbsp
cold water
1 pkg
( 8 ounce cream cheese ) softened
2/3 c
egg yolk
melted butter

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, salt, eggs and 5 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a very soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 75 minutes.
Turn onto a well-floured surface. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pie filling and sugar. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into filling. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and egg yolk until smooth. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball; fill with 2 rounded teaspoons of filling. Make a small indentation in center of filling; add 1 teaspoon topping.
Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush melted butter over rolls. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 6 dozen.
When I made these I halved the recipe.

** Note: The prep time does not include rising time, as there is nowhere to add that.

When I make these again, I am going to try pineapple and apricot filling..

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Mary Compton marykate16
Feb 1, 2013
If you ever travel to Texas, by all means, check out the little town of West, TX...they have the best bakery for kolaches...HOWEVER, this will be a great thing for me to try, since I don't visit West anymore...thanks for the wonderful recipe info & directions...even though I haven't made kolaches before, I know [from reading through] your recipe is a really good one, so I will give it a 5-star rating, too...Have a great day, Cassie!
Cassie * 1lovetocook1x
Feb 1, 2013
Thanks Mary!..They are really great. I made them for a Christmas get together and everyone loved them. They freeze well also....I don't get the chance to travel much these days..but if we ever make it back to Tx..will definitely check that little town have an awesome day also Mary...
JM Avallone jmas
Feb 1, 2013
oh these look really good
Cassie * 1lovetocook1x
Feb 1, 2013
They are will have to try them..I am making them again soon for my Aunt and Uncles 50th wedding anniversary..
Joan Harrell AntiqueChick
Feb 4, 2013
Oh my these would be so cute for Valentines Day!! Thanks Cass!!! Hugs!