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Kolachy
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Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Eastern European
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Total Time: 2 hrs. 45 min.
Baking Time: 20 min.
Preparation Time: 40 min.
Rising Time: 1 hrs. 45 min.

Kolachy are an Eastern European pastry treat made from a basic sweet roll dough and filled with a jam. You can use prune jam or any of your favorites instead of the apricot jam (as in the recipe below). For the Kolachies pictured above we used banana jam and chocolate chips (better in theory than in reality) and vanilla bean pear jam. It was a bit tough keeping the Kolachies wrapped, so we just gave up after a while.

6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages dry yeast
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons butter - melted
sugar

Basic Sweet Roll Dough

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water, milk and margarine until very warm (120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit). Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in an additional 3 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.

On floured surface, knead in 1 to 2 cups flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) until light and doubled in size, about 46 to 60 minutes.

Punch down several times to remove all air bubbles.

To make dough a day ahead, after first rise time, punch down dough, cover and refrigerate dough overnight. Shape dough and let rise as directed in recipe below

Kolachy

Cut the dough in half. Freeze or use other half for a different recipe. Grease 2 large cookie sheets. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 18x12-inch rectangle. Cut into 24 (3-inch) squares. Place 1 teaspoonful filling in center of each square. Gently pull opposite corners of square over filling. Repeat with other 2 corners, wrapping top corner around kolachy and tucking it under. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees F.) until light and almost doubled in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover dough. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets; cool slightly on wire racks. Brush with butter; roll tops in sugar. Serve warm.


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