kolaches in midwest
- Moncappy Oct 31, 2001 02:24 AM
Hi! this is my first post here, I just found chowhound...This is great!!!
I live in Cincinnati, grew up here, but lived for 20 years in southeast Texas - Houston and San Antonio. You could get kolaches there which are purchased like doughnuts (by the dozen, in the a.m. for the office..etc). They are pastries that can be fruit filled, cheese filled, and best of all meat filled!!! God, I loved those kolaches!!! Has anyone ever heard of anything like this in Cincinnati or anywhere in the midwest? I am going to search the boards when I have more time but I'm hoping that someone can give me a source nearby. Thanks.
The last Czech bakery in St. Louis that I was familar with has closed. I am sure you can probably find some good kolaches in Cedar Rapids, though Skyora bakery was for sale.
While Czechs are the ethnicity most often associated with kolaches, don't overlook other Eastern and/or Northern European nationalities. My grandmother was German, but we grew up eating poppyseed (home-made, in fact home grown!) filled kolaches, as well as prune, apricot and apple. I've never encountered a meat-filled variety. I wonder if they go by another name as well?
Like Kate, I think, I know Kolaches ( pronounced koh-LATCH-kees) as a cookie type pastry filled with fruit purees, especially prune and apricot. The dough was cut into a square, the filling in the middle, then two opposing corners folded over to meet in the center. They were baked and then dusted with powdered sugar. This is from the near western suburbs of Chicago (Berwyn specifically).. What you describe seems more like what I know as a pierogi? The best Kolaches came in Myrtle Maczylewski's Christmas cookie basket, and she's too old to bake anymore so sorry.
Yes, I know the cookie type things, but those were called something else. My grandma's were sweet yeast dough, rolled and cut in squares. All four corners were brought to the middle around the filling and the edges sealed. She made a thin, powdered sugar and milk icing that was drizzled over them once they were cooled.
P.S.: Moncappy, They're not hard to make...
While this won't help Moncappy, others might find it interesting:
The small town of Montgomery, MN (about an hour south of the Twin Towns) dedicates a summer festival to the humble Kolache: Kolache Days. They elect a queen (affectionately referred to as the 'Prune Queen'), have a parade, a beer garden, you know, 'the works'. Heaps of the pastries are made, many consumed and dozens purchased to take home. A person can try many versions in one place.
They probably know a thing or two about Booya, too!