This puffy pillow, stuffed with delicious filling of poppy seed and cherries, personify puff pastry at its best. The sweet, supple dough of kolache, processed with a bread machine, pairs perfectly with the couple of fillings to create a drool-worthy outcome – ‘one-of-a-kind’ pastry worth trying at least once in a lifetime.
So, all you need is a little patience while making kolaches and you will soon be the proud creator of a lip-smacking portable dessert or snack which everybody will rave for!
- 3⅞ cups bread flour
- ¼ cup instant mashed potato flakes
- ⅓cup milk powder
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tsp dry active yeast
- 1 ¼ cups warm water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can (12 oz) poppy seed filling
- 1 can (12 oz) cherry pie filling
- Place the flour, mashed potato flakes, softened butter, sugar, yeast, egg yolk, milk powder and a dash of salt in the pan of a bread machine.
- Crack the egg into it, followed splashes of warm water and set the dough cycle before running the machine to mix the ingredients together to form a dough; knead in another tbsp or two of water after 5 minutes of processing the ingredients if required.
- Scoop out 1 tablespoon-worth of dollops of dough onto a cookie sheet, greased previously with a knob of softened butter, and cover them loosely with a plastic sheet.
- Set aside in a warm spot for an hour to allow them rise to twice their previous size.
- Flatten them out between the palms of your hands and make a small well in the centre of each dough ball, using your thumb.
- Spoon a tbsp of the filling into the well of each dough ball and set them aside, covered, for another half an hour to raise again.
- Meanwhile, warm up the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake the pastries for 13-15 minutes or until they are just browned.
- Smother them with a lashing of melted butter to glaze and set aside until they cool down to room temperature.
- Serve and enjoy!
Kolaches will amaze you with their versatility! Swap the sweet pie filling with a savory one, say, sausages, cheese or ground meat and turn your favorite dessert into an equally appealing appetizer.