Kolaches are baked not fried . . .
“The kolache is the most prominent edible symbol of Texas Czech
culture and probably the most tested pastry in all of Texas. Kolaches
are made with sweetened yeast dough formed into rolls and filled
with fruit, cheese or sausage before baking. Classic Czech fillings are
prune, poppy seed, cottage cheese, and sausage, though fruit fillings
such as cherry, peach, apple, and apricot have become popular as
well. Some family recipes call for a crumb topping and others do not;
some German-influenced bakers add mashed potatoes to assure a
moist dough while others swear by lard instead of vegetable shortening.”
(This article orginally featured in the “The Ranch,” November 1998) .