Authentic Czech Kolache Recipe

Authentic Czech Kolache Recipe
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This traditional Bohemian authentic Czech kolache recipe is so good and easy to prepare, everyone will love it. These kolaches are so soft they melt in your mouth with every bite.

Kolaches also referred to as kolach is a Czech dessert made with yeast dough and filled with custard, cream cheese filling, fruit filling, or fruit jams such as peach, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and apricot.

Traditional kolache pastries can be found throughout Czech bakeries in the United States and Canada and are ubiquitous in the Czech Republic and Eastern Europe.

No matter the occasion, making these delicious filled Czech sweetbreads will impress your family and quests and certainly have them hooked on kolaches.

What Is Kolache?

Kolache is basically a soft rich sweet egg dough similar to a French Brioche or Portuguese Sweet Bread. Polish and Ukrainian kolache are similar to these ubiquitous filled Czech sweet rolls. In this recipe, we will be filling the kolache with a peach jam but feel free to any type of filling, fresh fruit, or frozen fruit you desire.

What Is Kolache Dough Made Of?

Traditional Czech Kolache dough is made of flour, eggs, sugar, butter, salt, yeast, and milk. The center of the dough is pushed in creating a crater, then filled with a fruit jam or custard. You can also fill the kolaches with fresh fruit or frozen fruit if you want them less sweet and a bit healthier.

Kolache Filling Varaitions

This is why kolaches are one of my favorite sweetbreads, the filling variations are endless. Here are some of the variations I’ve made, and Yeh…they’re all amazing!

  • Fresh fruit or frozen fruit: For a healthier filling option, fill your kolaches with fresh or frozen blueberries, apples, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, grapes and pineapple. Make sure to dice the larger fruits into small pieces.
  • Fillings like fruit jams: You can use a variation of fruit jams to fill the kolache. My favorites are blueberry, apple, raspberry, peach and pinapple.
  • Custard and Pudding: Filling your kolaches with a custard or pudding is an excellent option. Use vanilla or chocolate puddings or a simple custard to fill your kolaches.
  • Nutella kolache: If you love chocolate then add some dollops of nutella into the crater of your kolache before baking and you be in chocolate heaven…Trust Me.
  • Dulce de leche kolache: Add a little South American twist to these Czech kolaches by filling them with dulce de leche. You can use store bought or if your in the mood try our quick and easy Homemade Dulce De Leche Recipe.

Ready to make this Authentic Czech Kolache Recipe? Let’s do it!

Ingredients For Czech Kolache

  • 360 grams all-purpose flour (3 cups)
  • 120 grams milk (1/2 cup)
  • 100 grams whole eggs (2 large eggs)
  • 50 grams sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 18 grams fresh yeast or (6 grams instant dry yeast)
  • 6 grams salt (1 teaspoon)
  • 38 grams unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 315 grams of peach jam (1 cup) or fresh or frozen fruit)

Ingredients For Kolache Glaze

  • 50 grams whole egg (1 large egg)
  • 15 grams milk (1 tablespoon)

How To Make Czech Kolache?

  • Mix the kolache dough: Add all the ingredients except the fruit jam into a mixing bowl with the hook attachment. If your using instant dry yeast, dissolve it with some of the milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
  • Mix the dough on slow speed for 4 minutes, then increase the speed and continue to mix the dough until it’s fully developed, about 6 minutes.
  • Grease a medium size bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it, cover with a cloth or plastic and allow it to ferement for 60 minutes or until it doubles in size.
  • Divide the Kolache dough: Flour a working surface, then transfer the kolache dough and divide into 12 equal parts, if you have a scale, cut each piece into 57 grams.
  • Round each divided dough piece into a roll shape and place onto a lined baking sheet with parchament paper. Separate each piece about 3 inches.
  • Cover and allow to proof in a warm area for about 60 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to 185°C (365°F) about 20 minutes prior to full proof.
  • Once the kolache dough is proofed, create an indentation in the center of each roll, about 1 inch in diameter and fill it with the fruit jam or fresh fruit.
  • Repeat until all the rolls are filled.
  • Egg Wash Glaze: Add the egg and milk into a small bowl and beat together using a whisk.
  • Brush the top of the kolache with the egg wash.
  • Place the kolache into the oven and bake for about 16 minutes or until sweet rolls are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow kolache pastry rolls to cool before serving.
  • Enjoy!
Czech Kolache

Authentic Czech Kolache Recipe

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This traditional homemade authentic Czech Republic sweetbread is known as kolache, it is a popular dessert made with a sweet yeast dough that is filled with fresh fruit, custard or fruit jam. Filling options for these Czech sweet rolls are endless, great for parties and family get together, these kolaches are definitely a crowd pleaser and favorite.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Resting & Proofing 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 46 mins
Course Breads, Dessert
Cuisine Czech
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 180 kcal

Ingredients
  

KOLACHE DOUGH

  • 360 grams all-purpose flour 3 cups
  • 120 grams milk 1/2 cup
  • 100 grams whole eggs 2 large eggs
  • 50 grams sugar 1/4 cup
  • 18 grams fresh yeast or 6 grams instant dry yeast
  • 6 grams salt 1 teaspoon
  • 38 grams unsalted butter room temperature
  • 315 grams of peach jam 1 cup or fresh or frozen fruit)

KOLACHE EGG WASH GLAZE

  • 50 grams whole egg 1 large egg
  • 15 grams milk 1 tablespoon

Instructions
 

  • Mix the kolache dough: Add all the ingredients except the fruit jam into a mixing bowl with the hook attachment. If your using instant dry yeast, dissolve it with some of the milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes.
  • Mix the dough on slow speed for 4 minutes, then increase the speed and continue to mix the dough until it’s fully developed, about 6 minutes.
  • Grease a medium size bowl with some oil and transfer the dough into it, cover with a cloth or plastic, and allow it to ferement for 60 minutes or until it doubles in size.
  • Divide the Kolache dough: Flour a working surface, then transfer the kolache dough and divide into 12 equal parts, if you have a scale, cut each piece into 57 grams.
  • Round each divided dough piece into a roll shape and place onto a lined baking sheet with parchament paper. Separate each piece about 3 inches.
  • Cover and allow to proof in a warm area for about 60 minutes. Pre-heat your oven to 185°C (365°F) about 20 minutes prior to full proof.
  • Once the kolache dough is proofed, create an indentation in the center of each roll, about 1 inch in diameter and fill it with the fruit jam or fresh fruit.
  • Repeat until all the rolls are filled.
  • Egg Wash Glaze: Add the egg and milk into a small bowl and beat together using a whisk.
  • Brush the top of the kolache with the egg wash.
  • Place the kolache into the oven and bake for about 16 minutes or until sweet rolls are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow kolache pastry rolls to cool before serving.
  • Enjoy!
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