LITTLE WEDDING KOLACHES

Czech name: Svatební koláčky

Written by Lenka Brizdalova

Kolaches are a traditional Czech dessert. They are served in the Czech Republic at harvest feasts and other kinds of celebrations. Every kind of kolaches are special in some way and the wedding ones are typical by their size. Kolaches made for a wedding celebration are as small as possible, so it’s not unusual, that you make 100 or even more.

Ingredients

Kolaches
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup Wondra instant flour
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbs active dry yeast
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
1 egg (for wash)
3/4 cup warm milk
5-6 Tbs powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups farmer’s cheese (or Queso Fresco)
2 1/2 cups plum jam

Crumble
1 cup Wondra instant flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

Crumble
Mix all 3 ingredients until fully blended together.

Kolaches
Mix together both kinds of flour, vanilla, yolks, powdered sugar, active dry yeast, salt, warm milk and melted butter and knead until well blended.

Dust the dough lightly with flour, cover it with a tea cloth and let it rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hours in a warm place.

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured work surface and with a small round cookie cutter or small glass make small rounds of the dough. Place these on a baking sheet, make a depression with your thumb or a teaspoon in all and then let them rise for another 15 minutes. Brush with the beaten egg-wash.

Fill depressions with the curd cheese or plum jam and sprinkle with some crumble.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 10 – 15 minutes.

If you plan a bigger celebration or you are just a big eater, I recommend that you double the ingredients.