My Czechoslovakian grandmother made kolache. They used to be made with shortening but it is healthier to use canola oil or butter. Czechoslovakian Kolache are sweet yeast rolls with fruit or cream cheese filling that are served for Easter and holidays. For Thanksgiving you can use a package of cranberries to make a fruit filling with a double boiler. Poppy seed filling is also used. Orange marmalade, coconut cream, & chocolate hazelnut Nutella are also good fillings. For Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce, or pumpkin pie filling, are good fillings.
1Warm 1 cup cream or milk in a pyrex measuring cup in the microwave for 40 seconds to where it is not too warm to touch and add 1 package active dry yeast and 6 tablespoons sugar and half cup canola oil or butter.
2In a large mixing bowl add 4 cups unbleached wheat pastry flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 large eggs, the mixture of 1 cup warm cream, half cup canola oil, & package of active dry yeast. Mix together and knead into dough ball. Let rise for 3 hours.
3Make fruit filling or poppy seed filling by adding 1 cup fruit, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, & 1 teaspoon pure vanilla to double boiler.
4For cream cheese filling; add 1 package cream cheese, honey or light agave nectar, & 1 teaspoon of vanilla, & blend in pyrex high speed blender until smooth.
5Make egg wash by beating 1 large egg & 1 teaspoon of water and add to dough ball after letting rise 3 hours and knead into dough ball.
6Cut parchment paper to fit aluminum baking pan or sheet. Make kolache by making 12 rolls of dough with indentation in the middle. Add a teaspoon full of filling to center of each roll.
7Make egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 teaspoon water and cover the filled rolls with egg with your fingers.
8Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake 20-25 minutes until the rolls are golden brown.
9If there is egg left over; make an omelet by microwaving on 50% power for 1 minute 15 seconds in shallow dish.