Recipe for homemade kolache

After finally figuring out how to smoke a brisket, next up on my culinary bucket list was to learn how to make kolache (koláče is plural). After a quick search, I decided to try the recipe from the Homesick Texan.

Be warned that they take a while to make (proofing dough 3 times), but on my first attempt, I think they turned out pretty damn good. I followed the recipe verbatim, however, the next time I’m going to make a couple modifications (which are already incorporated into the recipes below) as Elise and I agreed that the dough wasn’t quite sweet enough, and I like my posypka a little thicker, sweeter and crumblier.

So this is my kolache recipe:

    Kolache dough
1 package of active dry yeast

    1 cup of warm milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups of all-purpose flour

    2 eggs

    3/4 cup of melted butter
1 teaspoon of salt

In a large bowl, combine yeast and warm milk and let sit for 20 minutes. [photo]
  • Slowly incorporate sugar and one cup of flour. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size — 30-60 minutes.
  • Beat together eggs, 1/2 cup of melted butter (reserve 1/4 cup for brushing on the pastry) and salt.
  • Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and mix thoroughly by hand with large spoon or spatula.
  • Stir in about two more cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough should be soft and moist.
  • Knead dough for about 10 minutes on floured countertop. [photo]
  • Put dough in a greased bowl and let rise covered until doubled in size (about an hour)*. [photo]
  • After dough has risen, press down and pull off approximately 1/3 cup-sized pieces (recipe should make 18 kolache). Roll into balls and then flatten to about three inches in diameter. [photo]
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Place flattened pieces on a greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise again for 30 minutes. [photo]
  • After proofing, use your fingers to gently make a large indentation (do you like fruit in each bite?) in the center of the dough and fill with a heaping tablespoon of fruit filling (recipe below) and sprinkle with posypka (recipe below).
  • Bake in oven at 375° F for 12 to 15 minutes until dough begins to turn golden.
  • Brush with melted butter and top with more posypka
 if desired.

    Kolache filling

1/2 pound of dried fruit such as apricots or prunes.
Sugar to taste

    1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

    Lemon zest

Reconstitute dried fruit by simmering in a pot with enough water to cover the fruit. 
 Add sugar, cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon. Puree in blender, boat motor or mash with a potato masher until you have a puree.


1/4 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup sugar

    2 tablespoon butter
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

    Mix all ingredients until crumbly.

    Yield: 18 kolache

    * I proofed my dough by covering and putting in the oven and keeping the temperature around 90° F.

Now that I’ve successfully made “traditional” fruit-filled kolache, I’m going to try something a little more adventurous in the next batch(es).

Photos can be seen here.

One Reply to “Recipe for homemade kolache”

  1. I’ve been trying to find a good kolache dough recipe for 20 years or better. I finally came upon your recipe here and decided to give it a try. Low and behold, I’ve got it down. They’re the BEST – or as you said “Damm Good!”

    Thanks for the recipe.

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