Kolaches Czech Pastries with Streusel Topping.
My sister makes these and I absolutely love them! You can add whatever filling you like. My sister likes to fill them with a cream cheese filling which is made with cream cheese and powdered sugar mixed together. Some people fill them with a their favorite flavors of jams or pie fillings. You can even keep it simple and just fill with them with a stresuel topping. I kept it simple and they taste like little mini coffee cakes to me minus the cinnamon which you could also add.
So we knead the dough in a bread machine but you can also use a stand mixer or knead by hand. Warning: The dough is very sticky to work with and if it seems a little sticky and wet compared to breads you are used to making this is normal. I over added on the flour the first time I made them and it wrecked the texture/taste.
So after the first rise you immediately divide them. Then shape them in a ball. Then you punch down a hole in the center with your fingers, brush with egg wash and top with toppings. Then you bake them.
I’m a little weird and like them plain and simple with just the crumb streusel topping. The rest of the family likes them with the cream cheese/powdered sugar filling plus stresuel topping.
Recipe makes 24 Kolaches.
This recipe only has one dough rise, it doesn’t need a second rise.
Bakes for 13-16 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown.
- 1⅓ cup warm milk
- 2¼ teaspoon yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4¾ cups flour
- 12 Tablespoons butter
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg yolk (save egg white for brushing tops)
- -egg white wash-
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tablespoon milk or water
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Add milk, yeast, flour, sugar, butter, eggs, egg yolk, and salt to mixing bowl or bread machine.
- Knead dough for 6-8 minutes until a soft sticky dough forms. The dough is a little more sticky then most breads. If you keep kneading it will form in a dough ball.
- Cover and let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
- Divide dough into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, place on baking sheet. Flatten with the palm of your hand to about 3.5-4" in diameter. Use your fingers to punch down an indent into the center to hold the filling.
- Mix sugar, flour, and melted butter together.
- Brush pastries with egg wash, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of topping on each pastry. (You can add cream cheese mixed with powdered sugar to the center or pie filling, etc. if you wish).
- Bake for 13-16 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown.