A kolache is a round ball of lightly sweet yeast dough filled typically with fruit or cheese. The name kolache evolved from the Czech kola, meaning “wheel” or “rounds” arriving in Texas along with tens of thousands of Czech immigrants coming thru the port of Galveston in the 1850s through early 1900s. Most of the Texas Czech settlers and their recipes came from Moravia a region south of Prague.

There is an art to making the perfect traditional kolache which begins with the perfect recipe. The ingredients are hand mixed, lighted worked producing a moist, slightly sweet yeast dough that is let to rise twice, filled then let rise again, brushed with butter, baked brushed again with butter and sprinkled with sugar. Traditional fillings include apple, apricot, poppy seed, peach, cherry and the ever popular cream cheese. Today, we see a combination of both cream cheese with a dollop of fruit for a different twist.

A second popular variety is the buchty, made from the same sweet yeast dough. The typical filling of poppy seed, cream cheese sausage or other meat type is enclosed in the dough forming a roll, which sits to rise and baked. The best, most traditional kolaches and buchty can be found at Czech festivals and small town Texas Czech communities such as West, Ennis and Halletsville to name a few.
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