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RE: Kolaches 2006/10/27 16:56:18 (permalink)
Laugh I know what you mean planojim ... except my first Texas Kolache was SAUSAGE ... boy was I freaked out!!!!

I've learned to love both though...
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RE: Kolaches 2006/10/28 21:09:19 (permalink)
Those kolaches look really yummy! Anyone know where you can find any in the greater Phoenix area, Arizona?


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RE: Kolaches 2006/11/05 08:31:27 (permalink)
You know I wonder if the Poles in South Texas "gave up" on their style Koloczki long ago due to humidity. I know I have a tough time making the "Good" when it's humid - which is most of the time.. laugh.. I think it's the flakiness... kind of like it's hard to find REAL crusty bread here.. It will be crusty right out of the oven ... then it goes soft..

Thanks for your review of the grocery - can't wait to read your review of the restaurant!
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RE: Kolaches 2006/11/05 10:01:09 (permalink)
Kolaches must be a staple in Houston. It seems that about every bakery around serves them .

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RE: Kolaches 2006/11/09 07:51:57 (permalink)
Ahhh but believe me ... it is CONSISTENTLY more humid in South Texas than Chicago... laugh... have lived both ... at least San Antonio isn't as bad as Houston w/the humidity!

I've never been a huge pork shank person... that combo plate sounds wonderful though I'd "share" the duck with someone ... hahahha... I could just eat Golabki and Pierogi all day long... I've never made my own pierogo - but I do make a mean cabbage roll!
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RE: Kolaches 2007/06/14 17:34:26 (permalink)
Wow, can't believe how many kolachki bakeries there are in Houston! What a gold mine!

My mom used to make the most incredible kolacki's and they were stuffed to the max with filling. Instead of making them round they were square and she folded each corner up towards the middle so they were sealed, so to speak. The most important ingredient was cream cheese in the dough, like the recipe link, which really gave it a wonderful flavor.
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RE: Kolaches 2007/06/14 19:35:45 (permalink)
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Originally posted by viennadog

Wow, can't believe how many kolachki bakeries there are in Houston! What a gold mine!

My mom used to make the most incredible kolacki's and they were stuffed to the max with filling. Instead of making them round they were square and she folded each corner up towards the middle so they were sealed, so to speak. The most important ingredient was cream cheese in the dough, like the recipe link, which really gave it a wonderful flavor.


I noticed that in Houstojn but traveling with Al, The Mayor, the kolache's are all over Texas. The Czech's have seen to that. They are very good.

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RE: Kolaches 2007/10/08 11:31:32 (permalink)
Just found out there is a kolache place near me. The owner moved up from Houston and started the place. I am going to do my best to get there this week sometime.

http://www.cafekolache.com/
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RE: Kolaches 2010/01/16 09:36:40 (permalink)
Yep, MY granma made the cookie type too. She was Polish.  I've had the yeast type only as a Jewish Danish, around Easter.  They make them in Tucson, AZ.  Nevber had a yeast Kolachi anywhere else.  When I lived in Chicago we only had/made the cream cheese cookie type
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RE: Kolaches 2010/01/18 21:46:28 (permalink)
I can't believe we have a long thread with no photos of the topic!!  Here is a tray of Kolache purchased in Wilson, KS (The Czech Capital of Kansas) and sitting in the sunlight on the dash of our truck as we plod along I-70 eastbound.  No Creamcheese or poppy seeds were available this time.
 These were Cherry and Apricot filled.
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RE: Kolaches 2012/09/29 03:46:43 (permalink)
Hi aleswench!  Did you post the kolache recipe somewhere on this site?  My grandmother used to purchase kolaches for Christmas every year from the Kolache Bakery that was located in Spring Branch (Houston) Texas for decades.  Sadly they closed and the tradition ended.  My favorites were the poppy seed and the cream cheese.  I would love to have an authentic recipe that you mentioned having.  Thanks.
post edited by tammyk - 2012/09/29 03:48:44
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RE: Kolaches 2012/10/03 14:25:53 (permalink)
You're right about Spring Branch. Been there many times over the years.It's on USHWY281.However the older part of Spring Branch is on  the Spring Branch Road. Haven't been in the area lately ,and the area around Bulverde north of San Antonio is really growing.There is a little bakery in schertz i haven't tried yet in the old Church's Chicken on FM78. Also Royal Donuts here has kolaches, but don't know if they have fruit ones.I know they have sausage ones. These are more the bread dough type, not the flaky pastry type.
 
Still haven't bought anything from them yet. I should pick some up and take them to work, which is about a block away.
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RE: Kolaches 2012/11/01 15:58:29 (permalink)
Some transplanted Texans have opened a kolache bakery/ice cream parlor just down the street from us - both sweet and savory.  So delicious.  The cream cheese kolaches warm from the oven may be my favorite baked good ever, and that's saying something for a bread-head like me.

 
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Re:Kolaches 2013/07/18 22:42:54 (permalink)
The wonderful Oakmont Bakery in Oakmont PA (Pittsburgh area) regularly makes the flaky cookie-type kolaches in apricot and nut. This is the kind my grandma always made when we were growing up. Grandma's pastry was made with cream cheese.
 

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Re:Kolaches 2013/07/19 18:31:51 (permalink)
I have stopped in West Texas, TX where the fertilizer explosion occurred many times.  There are several kolaches places immediately available directly off interstate.
 
When my wife was in MD Anderson in Houston for six months, there was a places just south of my motel that sold them fresh every day along with super doughnuts.  Double outstanding but the ones in West TX was better.
 
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Re:Kolaches 2013/07/19 18:39:14 (permalink)
homekelly-
I didn't know that the Oakmont Bakery made kolaches.  Thanks for the tip. 
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/20 08:51:30 (permalink)
Having been raised near Pittsburgh in the '50's - which has everythng Eastern European - I think it odd that I never even heard of a kolatche until I moved to Texas in 2005! 
 
They are everywhere around here - even at the Asian donut shops!
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/20 15:20:32 (permalink)
Interesting. They are not around in Milwaukee much-and you would think they would be, considering the ethnic back ground here.
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/21 14:57:24 (permalink)
Evidently, 'kolaches' are a far broader category of pastry than they are in Texas.  Here, a kolache is a pastry stuffed with meat - usually sausage.
 

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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/21 22:17:14 (permalink)
Several of my Czech relatives have chuckled about the meat-filled versions, saying that the Americans have altered the original content recipes. All the Kolache they identify with are fruit, poppyseed or sweet-cheese filled.  But calling for a meat/sausage filled Kolache is so much nicer than asking for "Pigs in a Blanket"!!!
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 08:07:36 (permalink)
Having a 100% Czech mother, I have never heard or seen meat filled kolaches.  I think the fatherst me Mom ever strayed from fruit was cream cheese.
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 08:33:38 (permalink)
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Several of my Czech relatives have chuckled about the meat-filled versions, saying that the Americans have altered the original content recipes. All the Kolache they identify with are fruit, poppyseed or sweet-cheese filled.  But calling for a meat/sausage filled Kolache is so much nicer than asking for "Pigs in a Blanket"!!!


The "Texas Kolache" was most definitely started by Czech immigrants who settled in Texas.  Once here, evidently they adapted their baking craft to Texas tastes (which, God Knows, includes meat!).  In so doing they made lots of $ "dough" $.
 
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 09:19:11 (permalink)
Thanks for the revival of this topic. When the explosions and deaths occurred, I thought about the kolache places and wondered if there was damage to them. I ate kolaches in Austin and a couple other places and loved them though the tragedy in West was so horrible it seemed unseemly to wonder about a food.
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 14:02:00 (permalink)
The Czech's were/are a "major minority" group in Texas. According to the Historical Society Czech is the third language in Texas after English and Spanish. We visited several of the 'Czech Towns' over the years, West, Shiner, Schuenberg, Praha, and several others. All had kept much of the traditional culture alive in the food and beverage, but WEST had more variety in the shoppes and restaurants than most of the smaller villages.  Mother used to visit the gift shops on each of our visits, not just to buy trinket souvenirs, but to talk with the folks there and exchanges stories learned of her birthland...(she left as an infant in 1912, but was taught her cultural heritage in weekend Czech Schools as a child in Chicago)
  As a followup to the disaster story... We donated to a relief fund set-up for rebuilding the damaged area in WEST. It is administered by the Baylor University Foundation, with a commitment that 100% of the funds contributed would go directly to the relief effort...no admin costs at all.  Well, twice since the disaster, we have received personal updates from the Baylor Foundation describing the results of the  donations from hundreds of folks like us, that totaled over a million dollars. It is a good feeling to know that our donations are actually doing something to help those folks.
 
BTW  There are Czech villages from Texas to Minnesota..all having annual festivals, and being a source of great Czech Food. We have visited a number of these plus of course the Czech community in Chichago .  KOLACHE, in the traditional sense are alive and making folks happy all over Mid-America !!!
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 17:43:22 (permalink)
Thanks, Mayor Al
 
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 17:54:48 (permalink)
I recall on a visit to Shiner, WJ, Bushie and some others that Al made a stop at this beautiful Czech church.  Al went in and I regretted that I did not.  I appreciated Al's knowledge of the Czech culture.
 
Like Al, I have stopped at West, TX for the Kolache's and I had the fortune of getting them hot out of the oven.  I did not know that the ones I was getting was not true Czech but they were good.  I also got several of the fruit ones also.
 
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 19:45:46 (permalink)
Paul
I am not enough of a 'purist' to reject those meat-filled Kolaches. I include them as a regional variation, much like how Texas style BBQ differs from the South Carolina BBQ !  A Kolache is a Kolache no matter where you find it...
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/22 22:52:44 (permalink)
What type of meat was used and what did they season it with, what can you compare it with in taste? Not the Pig In A Blanket ones.
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/23 05:52:44 (permalink)
Uncle,  What makes the Kolache different from the Danish Pastry ( a close cousin) is the dough used...Kolache is more of a sweetened bread dough than a pastry dough(flakey) or pie-crust type.
The meat Kolache we have enjoyed in Texas were shaped like Pigs in a Blanket...like the ones Jim shared above in this thread, or totally enclosed in a slider-burger sized bunlike dough, using ground sassage for a 'stuffed' filling. 
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RE: Kolaches 2013/07/23 09:20:02 (permalink)
Here is protein-loving Texas even Krispy-Kreme is in the Kolache business:
 

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