Blueberry Kolaches

Blueberry Kolaches are made from a sweetened yeast dough and filled with a simple, fresh blueberry filling and a streusel topping. They are as tasty as they are pretty.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

Kolaches are a sweet Czech breakfast pastry typically stuffed with cream cheese or fruit.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

You don’t see kolaches much in these parts (South Carolina) but apparently they are very popular in Texas which is where The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather, has her bakery. This recipe is adapted from her recipe for Peach Kolaches in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe. I love this cookbook more and more with every recipe I try.

The dough gets made a day in advance and does its first rise in the refrigerator. All that’s left the next morning is the second rise.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

But first the dough is divided into balls and a depression is made in the middle to hold the filling.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

These sweet little buns can be filled with fruit or cream cheese. You could use peaches, strawberries, or pineapple. You can even go nontraditional and fill them with bacon or sausage, egg, and cheese.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

But Blueberries are so beautiful. I couldn’t resist using them. I’m quite smitten with blueberries.

Blueberry Kolaches

 

This recipe makes a huge tray of kolaches, but you won’t have trouble finding people to eat them.  🙂

Blueberry Kolaches

 

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Blueberry Kolaches
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Blueberry Kolaches
Prep Time
6 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
6 hr 45 mins
 

Blueberry Kolaches are made from a sweetened yeast dough and filled with a simple, fresh blueberry filling and a streusel topping. Beautiful and delicious!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 20
Calories: 367 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
dough
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water, 110-115 degrees
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Blueberry Filling
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Streusel Topping
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Place milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until it begins to steam and form a skin on top. Do not boil. Cool 10 to 15 minutes or until it is between 110 and 115 degrees.
  2. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water and let sit for 5 minutes. (Try and time this so it will be ready at the same time the milk reaches the correct temperature.)
  3. Melt butter in microwave and cool 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, salt, and melted butter.
  5. Whisk in cooled milk and yeast mixture.
  6. Add flour 2 cups at a time, stirring in with a wooden spoon. Do not work the dough too much. Once the flour is mixed in, transfer the dough to a large bowl coated with vegetable oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  7. Punch dough down, cover with plastic wrap again and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
  8. After refrigerating, grease a 12x17-inch baking sheet with butter or cooking spray.
  9. Make filling. Combine all filling ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until some of the blueberries burst and the filling thickens some, about 5 minutes. Let cool some.
  10. Lightly oil your hands and shape dough into approximately 2 1/2-inch balls. You should have 20 balls. Place balls on baking sheet, spacing 4 across and 5 down. Using your fingers, make a dent in the middle of each ball for the filling. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in each one.
  11. Cover loosely with plastic wrap that has been coated with cooking spray. Let rise until almost doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  12. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  13. In a small bowl combine butter, flour, and sugar for streusel. Use your fingers to mix the butter in well. Sprinkle on top of kolaches and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Kolaches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from: The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe

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22 thoughts on “Blueberry Kolaches

  1. We are from Nebraska originally and lived in Verdigre, Nebraska were there were many settlers from Czechoslovakia. The Kolache is filled with apricot, prune (traditional), poppy seed. cherry, pineapple preserves. They town has a yearly Kolache Festival.

  2. I’m from Czech Republic and yes these are kolace! However real kolace are made with egg yolks only. Dough is separated into balls. Each ball is filled with filling (sweetened farmer’s cheese or spiced grated apples or sweetend poppy seed filling). After filling, balls are pressed in the middle to make space for topping ( fruit butter). Then it’s sprinkled with streusel.
    Blueberry topping looks delish though. I will definitely try your recipe!

    1. I would love to have your recipe for the kolaches with only egg yokes as do not have that recipe. I grew up eating them and have made them myself but always looking for another recipe. That would be so great. I have some in freezer now from two different places but none have that homemade taste. Thank you. Glennis

  3. I have never made kolaches before, but I am going to try this wonderful version. My Czech grandmother always made hers with prunes. Blueberries are more inspiring!

  4. That’s not a true Kolache! I am from Minnesota and we have a couple of towns (Montgomery and New Prague) that are known for kolaches they are more like a dinner roll with fillings like poppy seed,apple,apricot,

    1. Maybe in Minnesota.
      However, we in Texas have a proud Czech heritage, too. We have lots of variations from generations of Czechs who settled in Texas starting the 1800’s. Check out (so to speak) a real favorite has sausage: “klobasnek” (or “klobasnik”) is a Czech food that has been also called a “sausage kolache” (pastry). Both the kolache and the klobasnek are popular with the Czech population in central Texas, especially around West, Texas and the capital of Austin.

  5. Oh wow! I’ve never heard of kolaches before but I know I would love these! Between that dough, the blueberry filling and that topping! These look fantastic!

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