We are now at the breakfast portion of this month’s Cooking with Astrology “Aquarius” meal. There are three main foods that everyone talks about when you move to Iowa; pork tenderloins, Maidrite (loose meat) sandwiches, and Kolaches! They even have a Kolache Festival every year where you will find thousands of Kolaches for sale.
As soon as I chose Ashton Kutcher as the inspiration for this meal, I knew I HAD to make Kolaches! My favorite flavors are pineapple, apricot, and apple, but I didn’t want to make my own fillings. I knew blueberry was a must, and the apricot preserves where sitting on the shelf right next to them.
Kolaches are a bread “wheel” filled with a sweet filling. They are very similar to a brioche dough. Traditional fillings include; prune, poppy seed, nut, cottage cheese, pineapple, apricot, apple, cherry, and plum. Pretty much any flavor you can think of!
Everyone knows that I usually make my yeast doughs in a bread machine, but this dough did not work. I don’t know if it was too much flour, or the metal kneading paddle is stripped and no longer working. :( This is what happened…..
Sooooo, it was time to pull out the stand mixer and try again. First you will need to proof your yeast in warm water and a teaspoon of sugar…..
Poof, it foams up and we know that the yeast is still alive!
Pour the warm milk, sugar, yeast, and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer…..or a large bowl if you are doing this by hand…..
add 2 cups of flour and salt, and mix together…..
add the beaten egg yolks and remaining flour…..
Mix until thoroughly combined…..
Place in a greased bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm location until doubled. My mixer has a lid, so I skip the bowl…..
See, nice a puffy after about an hour…..
Divide into 24 balls and place on a baking sheet…..
Dip your finger or thumb in cooled, melted butter and form “wells” into each dough ball…..
Fill each “well” with fruit preserves and let sit for 15 minutes…..
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, remove from oven, and brush edges with butter…..
Allow to cool and serve.
I hope everyone enjoyed this month’s meal as much as I did. I love learning about new cultures and trying new foods! Here’s a recap of our meal: Milky Way Martini, Aquarius Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette, Chicken Paprikash, and Galactic Brownies. I am already working on next month’s Pisces meal.
|Prep time||1 hour, 45 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||2 hours|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Dessert, Snack|
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
- 1 1/2 cups warm milk (110 degrees - I used coconut milk)
- 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 large egg yolks (beaten)
- 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- all-natural fruit preserves (I used blueberry and apricot)
- 2 - 3 Tablespoons melted butter (for brushing tops)
|In a small bowl, mix warm water with yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Set aside and allow to bubble.|
|Pour milk into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add sugar, butter, and yeast.|
|Mix in flour and salt.|
|Add beaten egg yolks and remaining flour. Mix until thoroughly combined.|
|Place dough into a large, greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size.|
|Divide dough into 24 equal balls and place onto a silpat/parchment covered baking sheet.|
|Dip thumb into cooled, melted butter and make a "well" in the top of each of the balls.|
|Heat oven to 375 degrees. Fill with fruit preserves and let rise for 15 minutes.|
|Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.|
|Remove from the oven and brush top of bread surface with butter.|
The traditional fillings for Czech Kolaches are: prune, plum, poppy seed, cottage cheese, pineapple, nut, cherry, blueberry, apricot, and apple.
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