If you are from Texas then I’m betting you are shouting ‘yes of course’. But I was surprised to learn that outside of a few select towns in the South, many people have never even heard of this delicious breakfast staple. If you Google kolache (and let’s face it that’s how most of us get our information) you will find some rather misleading links; for example:
Wikipedia – A Kolach (plural kolache, also spelled kolace or kolacky from the Czeck and Slovak plural koláče, sg. koláč) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.
Now maybe I have been hoodwinked, but the only kolaches I have tried are savory not sweet, and I would hesitate to call the outer part pastry (but then again I’m no great epicurean).
Now it seems true that they did originate from Eastern Europe. I can best describe them as soft bread-like dough, usually formed into a round shape or sometimes long like a hot dog bun (maybe to accommodate the sausage inside) and filled with a variety of savory fillings.
My first taste was from Shipley Donuts where the options are fairly limited to sausage, sausage and cheese, or sausage and jalapeno (well it is Texas so you need that heat). But then I discovered the Kolache Factory, and wow so many varieties, around 25 I believe.
Well it’s not the calorific value; so don’t look up the nutritional table if you are watching your waistline. I think a big plus is their portability, they are an easy food to eat on the go – and who doesn’t do that today? With the numerous fillings, they offer something for everyone (once I discovered Kolache Factory as Shipley’s didn’t quite work with my new vegetarian diet).
Kolaches rank high on the ‘must have’ list whenever my out of town daughters arrive back in Houston so I thank their recent visit for all these photo opportunities. Have you tried a Kolache? And if so what’s your favorite flavor? Let me know in the comments below.
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