A few months ago, I moved south of Houston to a county that is full of Czech people. I’m talking names like “Hrncir”, not even kidding, and everyone has a Jak Se Mas bumper stick. Side note : it means “how are you?” in Czech. Naturally, the food that is popular is correlated to the population so kolaches are a huge thing here.
I grew up eating kolaches (or kolache, if you’re in Czechoslovakia), but I am under the impression that people outside of central and southeast Texas are clueless to these little bits of heaven. Kolaches are a round semi-sweet dough, with a cave in the middle usually containing sweet filling such as poppy seed, apricot, or cherry. Since we’re in Texas and we like our meat, we also like our kolaches with sausage or ham inside. Many older Czech say this isn’t a true kolache, but it’s still great!
To welcome our new secretary, or lifesaver, to the office tomorrow, I decided to make a batch of sausage kolaches to make her feel welcomed!
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1/4 c warm water
1 c milk
5 tbsp shortening
1 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
1 package of lil’ smoky wienies (or link sausage)
Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp sugar over yeast and dissolve in warm water, set aside to rise **Do not make water too hot or you will kill the yeast**.
Heat milk, add shortening until it has melted. Allow to cool lukewarm. Add salt, slightly beaten eggs, and 1/4 c sugar. **The milk mixture needs to cool to about 100 degrees, or it will kill the yeast**.
Combine milk-egg mixture and yeast mixture, then add flour gradually and work dough (by hand or mixer) until glossy. Dough will be slightly sticky! Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, which takes about one hour.
After dough has risen, divide dough into large egg sizeid portions and form a ball. Place on butter baking sheet. Let rise until light. Flat dough out big enough to where it will fit the wienie. Fold dough over wienie, encasing the whole.
Allow to rise again for 45 minutes.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
This dough can be used to make fruit filled or meat filled kolaches. Good luck!
With love, from Texas!