When we lived in TX one of our favorite things to do as a family was ride our bikes to the park on Saturdays and on our way grab these czech kolaches from the local donut store. Seriously when we left it was one of the things I missed the most. Now I can’ t recreate the amazing winter weather or those Saturday bike rides, but I CAN recreate the kolaches!
They start out with a sweet yeast dough, actually you could use the same dough to make donuts, OR use a doughnut recipe instead. Then you wrap the dough around any filling you want! the classic we always enjoyed was sausage and cheese, ham and cheese, or turkey and swiss. So that’s what I’ve recreated today.
I love finding new sausage flavors at the store to try, the kids like the plain beef sausage with cheese, I love the cheddar and jalapeno pork sausage, but it’s a little too spicy for the kids. And of course the number one most popular is the lunch meat with cheese options.
- 4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 C water warmed 110-115 degrees
- 1/4 C butter melted
- 2 C whole milk warmed
- 4 lrg eggs
- 1 1/4 C granulated sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 9-11 C all-purpose flour
- cheese cut into 4 inch strips
- sausage - cut into 4 inch long pieces
- lunch meat
- pour the yeast into your mixing bowl
- add the warm water and 2 large pinches of the sugar
- let proof for 5-10 mins until foamy
- add the butter, milk, eggs, sugar and salt and mix until it's combined
- add the flour 3 cups at a time, mixing well between,
- add more flour as needed, kneading well between (use as little flour as you can - the dough should self clean the bowl
cover and let rise 1-2 hours, until doubled in size
- knock down and refrigerate overnight (at least 4 hours)
- divide into 34-36 dough balls, about 2 1/2 oz each and let rest for 15 mins
- flatten the dough into rectangles about 5 inches x 4 inches, place the cheese and sausage in the center, wrap the dough around and pinch closed (the cheese will leak out if it's not pinched well enough)
cover with plastic and let rise 20 mins, preheat the oven to 375
- bake 25-30 mins
- let cool a little and enjoy!
So it’s picnic season – the weather is nice, a great time to get outside! So in addition to my favorite picnic food here are 9 more recipes from some of my favorite creative bloggers! How good does all this look (and don’t forget to check out the Picnic party I threw for my son a few years ago)
- Cheese And Sausage Kolache HERE
- Lighter Broccoli Salad by Mom Endeavors
- Caprese Pasta Salad by See Vanessa Craft
- Strawberry Mason Jar Cake by A Night Owl Blog
- Brussel Sprout And Orzo Picnic Salad by Spaceships & Laserbeams
- Antipasto Skewers by Two Twenty One
- Cheesecake In A Jar by Happiness is Homemade
- Orange Fruit Dip by Play Party Plan
- Apple Pecan Coleslaw by Strawberry Mommycakes
- Italian Sandwiches by The Idea Room
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