Bread machine kolaches

    45 min

    Finally, a bread machine recipe for these beloved traditional Polish and Czech pastries. Like pastry pillows filled with your favourite jams (or other fillings), these are airy, fruity, yummy wonders (with the hard kneading work taken out)! You can find poppy seed filling online or at Polish or Eastern European shops; otherwise, it is fine to use apricot filling instead.

    76 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 300ml warm water
    • 115g butter, softened
    • 1 egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 40g dried milk powder
    • 4 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes (like Smash ®)
    • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 530g strong white bread flour
    • 2 teaspoons dried active yeast
    • 340g cherry fruit filling
    • 340g poppy seed (or apricot) filling
    • 55g butter, melted

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Place water, softened butter, egg, egg yolk, milk powder, potato flakes, sugar, salt, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start. Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if necessary.
    2. When the cycle is complete, spoon out dough with tablespoon and roll into walnut sized balls. Place 5cm apart on a lightly greased baking tray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
    3. Flatten balls slightly with the palm of your and make a depression in centre with your thumb. Fill with 1 tablespoon of filling. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Cool on wire rack.

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    They look waaay to pale for kolache. I now, I am Czech... I know kolache. They look very underdone. This is what they should look like: And! You never use dried milk powder for making them. You need to use normal liquid milk. Also, you always sprinkle a bit of kind of crumby mixture on top (a bit similar to what you use on apple crumble but just a little). And you don't put potatoes in kolache... ever. Also - before you put them in the oven you brush them with melted butter.  -  27 Sep 2013


    Made 2 batches of this today and they turned out perfectly!! I substituted baby cereal (the dry flaky kind) for the potato flakes....the baby cereal is better nutrition-wise so thought I would try it since it has the same consistency as instant potatoes. The kolaches turned out light and wonderful! The dough was beautiful, and very easy to work with, too. Served them to 24 people and they were asking for seconds!!! No problem w/my filling running out -- with kolaches you need to make a deep indentation, and do not fill them completely full. Used apricot preserves as the filling, and made a struesel topping to sprinkle over the preserves. I think I will start using this recipe instead of my old kolache one. Great recipe!!  -  11 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    SO GOOD! My husbands absolute favorite. Instead of buying the pie filling I made my own: 2 cups of frozen blueberries 1/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup water 1-2 tbls cornstarch bring to a boil and simmer until thick.......YUM!  -  04 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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