Kolache - Czech Pastry
3 Tbspactive dry yeast (4 packages)
1 1/2 cwarm water (100-105 degrees)
·add sugar to water in medium bowl, stir in yeast and set aside to work.
·heat in large bowl in microwave for 5 minutes-- use an 8 cup measuring cup. once heated, use a hand mixer and beat in:
4 largeeggs, room temperature
1 cCrisco oil
1 1/2 cinstant potato flakes
1 1/2 csugar
How to Make Kolache - Czech Pastry
- Add sugar to water in medium bowl; stir in yeast and set aside to work.
- Heat milk in large bowl in microwave for 5 minutes. Once heated, use a hand mixer and beat in eggs, oil, potato flakes, salt and sugar.
- Put 4 cups of the flour in a large bowl. Add milk/egg mixture and mix well with hand mixer or wooden spoon. Add yeast; mix. Add additional flour, 1 cup at a time (up to 5 cups more) and mix until you can't mix with the mixer or spoon any more. Oil your hands and mix in flour until dough is smooth. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
- Oil a large bowl (just smear a little Criso around in bowl) and place dough in bowl - flip dough in bowl to make sure top is also oiled. Put oiled lid on bowl and let raise. What they use is a large Tupperware bowl--either the fix and mix bowl or the large Thats A Bowl. Let dough raise in a warm place until doubled in size.
- This batch will make about 8 or 9 dozen kolache. These freeze well in Ziplock bags.
For the filling, you can use pie filling. What they use is the long tubes of filling found in the baking section of a grocery store. Popular fillings are peach, apricot, prune and cherry. Poppyseed filling is the most requested. Use the Solo brand filling for that.