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Since my cookbook of the month posts for the month were thrown off a bit by the past week of Rachael Ray, you’ll be getting 2 recipes this week from this month’s cookbook of the month – The Pastry Queen.

When I received my copy of this book, I looked through it eagerly. And my first choice was not an easy one. My husband is usually the breakfast maker at our house, but this past weekend, he made breakfast on Saturday and let me make breakfast on Sunday. So immediately went to the breakfast section of this cookbook. It’s filled with tasty sounding treats, like Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones (I really need to make these soon!!) and Whole Lemon Muffins. But one recipe caught my attention because I had never heard of it before – Kolaches. Not only did the recipe sound great and the picture make them look very good, but there are many different versions offered – many different ways to change up the recipe. Like poppy seed kolaches or egg kolaches. I settled on the peach-filled version, as I have a ton a homemade peach jam that I need to get through.

First of all, let me say that I’m pretty sure I did something wrong on this recipe, but even then, they still tasted like the perfect breakfast treat! I halved the recipe, as the full recipe says that it makes 16 to 18 buns. I still ended up with 19 or 20! I think I made them too small. Plus, mine didn’t rise. I’m guessing I did something wrong while halving the recipe. I’m sure any of you out there that half recipes often know what I am talking about – you get sidetracked and somehow end up adding a full amount of one of the ingredients. Also, I think I was really afraid of overworking the dough, but probably didn’t mix it together well enough. They did rise some after going into the oven, but the final product was not light and airy like I was expecting. But then again, since I’ve never had a kolache, maybe they turned out like they are supposed to!

While I halved the recipe, I still did the full amount of streusel topping – just because I love streusel topping so much! You can kind of tell I overdid it in the photos – some of the topping ended up between the buns, melting on the tray. But I had no problem peeling it off and just eating it!

The next version I want to try of these is the egg-filled version – Rebecca Rather says that it’s kind of like her version of an Egg McMuffin!

Peach-Filled Kolaches
from The Pastry Queen

Makes 16 to 18 Buns

2 cups milk
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (110F to 115F)
1/2 cup unsalted water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons salt
8 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Peach Filling
2 cups pitted, chopped peaches
1 cup good quality peach jam

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces

For the Dough:

Warm the milk in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Heat just until it starts to steam and a skin is formed – do not simmer or boil. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly – to about 110F – 115F.

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Let it sit until it is foamy.

Melt the butter in the microwave. Let it cool for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, salt and melted butter. Add the cooled milk and the yeast mixture. Add in the flour, 2 cups at a time, making sure not to overwork the dough. Keep adding flour until it is fully incorporated. The dough should be sticky, moist and light.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a draft-free place and allow to rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours. Punch down the dough, recover, and refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Grease a 12×17 inch baking sheet. With lightly oiled fingers, shape dough into balls – about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange the balls on the baking sheet – 3 across and 6 down.

Mix together the peaches and peach jam.

Use your thumb to make and indentation in each ball. Fill each indentation with the peach mixture. Cover the tray with a clean tea towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, to make the topping, use your hands, a food processor or a pastry cutter to mix the topping ingredients until crumbly. Scatter the topping over the kolaches right before they go into the oven.

Bake the kolaches until lightly browned – about 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool the kolaches for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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40 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Kolaches

  1. Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Perfect for breakfasts! Did you use canned peaches or fresh? Cause we have no fresh peaches here…maybe you got some early?

  2. Deborah says:

    Catherine – I probably should have mentioned that! I used canned – they would have been MUCH better with fresh if I could have found them. I wish I would have used frozen, as I really don’t like canned fruits very much.

  3. Rosie says:

    These Kolaches are so perfect Deborah! I like the way you say you can interchange the recipe too! I wouldn’t say no to one at breakfast time lol

    Rosie x

  4. Kelly-Jane says:

    They look like a perfect breakfast! I am just the same as you, and have not made much fro teh PQ because I’m so overwhelmed with things I’d like to make! Those scones were on my to make list though for sure.

  5. Karen says:

    Deborah, your picture says it all…this is a wonderful dish! I love that you used peaches inside. And they are probably better being smaller. Can’t wait to try this one!

  6. Veron says:

    This looks delicious! and I love streusel too! I’d love to have this for my breakfast.

  7. ruthEbabes says:

    Yum! I love peach!

  8. Gigi says:

    The kolaches look good and I loved that they are filled with peaches! Yummy!

  9. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, these are wonderful! I even love the name.
    I think you did an excellent job, they look super yummy.
    And tons of homemade peach jam?? Where do I sign to get a couple of jars?? 🙂

  10. linda says:

    Maybe you did something wrong but they still look delicious! Love the filling of peaches and peach jam.

  11. Brilynn says:

    My friend’s Baba makes the most amazing poppy seed kolache ever! I’ve never tried making it myself though.

  12. Mary says:

    These look great! I think smaller is probably better, but don’t pay any attention to me- I prefer donut holes to donuts.
    I’d love to see the bacon cheddar scone recipe too!

  13. sher says:

    Ahhh, I married into a Czech-American family and was introduced to kolaches. I loved them right from the start. Yours make me realize that I haven’t had them in a long time!

  14. Mansi Desai says:

    This does sound like a delicious recipe…never tried kolaches before..thanks for the inspiration!:)

  15. Jess says:

    I’ve been wanting to try these since I bought the cookbook months ago – yours look fantastic! I’ve made a couple of things from the Pastry Queen so far and they’ve been delicious, but I’ve had two recipes so far produce a LOT more than specified – not such a bad deal, I guess.

  16. Peabody says:

    Recipes that involve yeast don’t always half so well. I have thought about making these time and time again. Now I want to!

  17. Elle says:

    Wow, those look fantastic, Deborah!!

  18. Kevin says:

    This is the first that I have heard of kolaches. They looks good. Great choice going with the peaches. They sound really good.

  19. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    They look great! Can’t wait to see the egg ones, thatd be a greta breakfast treat.

  20. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    They look great! Can’t wait to see the egg ones, thatd be a greta breakfast treat.

  21. Big Boys Oven says:

    This one is a sure real winnner!

  22. Emiline says:

    I’ve never had a kolache before. I wasn’t even sure what they were before I read this. They look delicious. I love peach flavored stuff.

  23. Cara says:

    Kolaches are a breakfast staple here in Texas. I’ve got my eye on this recipe too! I typically only eat savory kolaches (think, jalepeno sausage and cheddar), but I definitely want to give these peach kolaches a try. Thanks for reminding me about this recipe, and yours look yummy!

  24. RecipeGirl says:

    I’ve not heard of them, but they do sound really different and interesting. Yummy!

  25. Dhanggit says:

    i cant wait to try this recipe when the peach season comes here in france..i find this breakfast so intriguing! I never heard nor tasted kolaches! the sound of whole lemon muffin is so mouth-watering too!!

  26. Medena says:

    Now this is something I would certainly try! Love how it sounds, and looks. “Kolach” means cake in my language; I wonder if this recipe originates from the Balkans.
    Definitely great for breakfast!

  27. Jenny says:

    These look beautiful Deborah! Peaches sound fantastic inside!

  28. Tempered Woman says:

    I’m a total streusel fanatic too- I usually double the recipe for everything. heh.
    These look good. I have a bakery right by me that makes these and I have to do my part to contribute to the local economy… thanks for the reminder that it has been a while. 😉

  29. missy says:

    wow..those look scrumptious! i love peach!! also, thank you for stopping by my site and leaving such a sweet comment 🙂

  30. Cakespy says:

    I am currently having a love affaiir with Kolaches–and yours look pretty darn perfect. Carbohydratey, sweet..and cute! What could be better!?

  31. Julie says:

    Those look and sound delicious, I am looking forward to trying these.

  32. Gretchen Noelle says:

    These look good, but I am eager to hear about the egg ones.

  33. glamah16 says:

    Ive never heard of a kolaches but I want one now!

  34. eatme_delicious says:

    I’ve never heard of kolaches before either, but they look great! I love buns/breakfasty things like this. Saving the recipe!

  35. Christie @ fig&cherry says:

    I love peaches and this looks divine, I’m definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Christie @ fig&cherry says:

    I love peaches and this looks divine, I’m definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  37. Barbara Bakes says:

    I make kolaches for Christmas breakfast every year, but without a streusel topping. Sounds like a great addition.

  38. Arfi Binsted says:

    That’s a different look of Kolache I had made a long time ago. Perhaps, richer? It’s always good with a cup of tea or coffee, isn’t it?

    here’s mine: http://homemades.blogspot.com/2007/12/18-in-second.html

  39. Kristen says:

    We have a Kolache bakery down the street that is just awesome. I keep thinking I’ll make Kolaches, but when you can get them that close and they are sooooo good, it is hard to make the effort!

  40. Angela says:

    I started making this recipe and noticed some problems with it. You didn't list the amount of sugar that goes into the dough. Also, it calls for unsalted water… I figured that one out! I ended up switching to another Kalache recipe, but I am not sure if it is going to turn out. The dough looks too heavy. I think I will try yours again if you get it fixed. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and photos!

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