Kolachkes – also known as kolaches – are a traditional Eastern European pastry that have been around for hundreds of years. While the exact origin of the kolachke is unknown, it is believed to have originated in either Poland or the Czech Republic. The pastry has since spread throughout Europe, and can now be found in different variations all over the continent.
The kolachke is a pastry that is filled with a variety of sweet fillings such as fruit preserves, cottage cheese, poppy seed, jam, or a combination of all of these. The pastry is usually baked in a ring shape and has a flaky pastry crust that is often topped with a streusel topping. The kolachke is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, making it a favorite among many sweet-toothed individuals.
Making Great Kolachkes in Your Own Kitchen
-1 package frozen puff pastry sheets
-1 cup of your favorite fruit preserves or jam
-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
-2 tablespoons of sugar
-1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unroll the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/8 inch thick.
- Cut out circles from the dough with a cookie cutter and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place 1 tablespoon of your favorite fruit preserves or jam in the center of each circle and fold the edges of the pastry up to form a pocket.
- Brush the tops of the kolachkes with the melted butter and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
This recipe will make about four servings.
Kolachkes can be served warm or at room temperature and can be garnished with powdered sugar, fresh fruit, or a drizzle of honey or syrup. They are delicious served as a snack, dessert, or even for breakfast. Enjoy!
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