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Kolace Recipe

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Evelyn Clem


2 cups milk
cup sugar
1 cup shortening (part butter)
5 cups flour
1 cakes yeast
3 egg yolks
pinch salt

Prunes - cook until tender, pit and grind, add a little cinnamon and sugar to taste
Cheese - break fine, 1 pkg. farmers dry cheese, add 2 egg yolks, little lemon rind and sugar to taste
Apricots - cook until tender, grind and add sugar to taste
Poppyseed - grind in special poppyseed grinder, cook with enough milk to make a medium paste until boiling then add enough honey or sugar to sweeten to taste.

Note from Terri: most fillings can now be purchased in a can in the baking aisle. A 12 oz. can fills approximately 30 kolace.

Scald milk. Add shortening and set aside to cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in cup of warm water with tsp. sugar, set aside. Put egg yolks into large bowl and beat. Add sugar and salt. Stir in milk mixture, then yeast. Gradually add flour, beat very hard until dough is satiny smooth. If dough is sticky beat in a little more flour. Cover bowl and let rise until double in bulk.

On well-floured board flatten dough to about inch; cut in 2x2 inch squares. Stretch these squares and put about 1 tsp. of filling in the center and then fasten ends so filling is covered. Place on greased pan and spread each kolace with melted butter. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe was one my mom made frequently. I typed it exactly as she did. It is a recipe from Czechoslovakia that mom got from her mom. As I was a young girl/woman when I helped her, there are some things I don't remember. I think the 1 cup shortening (part butter) was 1/2 Crisco and 1/2 butter. According to Google a cake of yeast is equivalent to one 1/4 oz. packet dry yeast, or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast. I remember mom grinding the prunes and apricots - that was one of my jobs. Like the directions say, she had a special grinder for the poppyseed. It would take her hours to make the kolace. Things sure have changed!





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