These Czech pastries are ubiquitous in the Hill Country of Texas. (Who knew?) We wanted to come up with a recipe that a home baker (Texan or not) could be proud of.
Why This Recipe Works
Brought to America by Czech immigrants and popular in Texas, these sweet pastries are heaped with either fruit or cheese filling. Many recipes call for mixing the dough gently, but we found that lengthy kneading yielded a more supple dough that held air well, giving our kolaches a lighter crumb, while increased egg yolks and butter tenderize the dough. A greased and floured measuring cup makes even indentations in the formed pastries, and a sweet cheese or tangy fruit filling comes together easily and is spooned inside before baking.