Desperately Seeking Kolaches
I am Czech and you are looking for makovy (poppy seed) kolace and kolace s ovocem (fruit) the closest place in L.A. area (besides my mothers kitchen) is at the Alpine Village in Torrance - the German bakery inside the supermarket often makes these fresh on weekly basis. It has been a few months since I've shopped there but Im sure they still make them. Also totally by a fluke I have seen the poppy seed version at the bakery in Japan Town, I was skeptical of the Japanese version but they tasted very similar.
Finally found the neighbors recipe, had posted the wrong one.
She is a wonderful Polish recipe and this is simple:
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
mix butter, sugar, egg yolks, then add flour. Pinch out & make round balls, flatten them on the pan & put filling in the middle (I remmeber she always used differenent jams) Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
Easy and good
This is another Polish recipe from Chicago. The cream cheese makes all the difference:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 (12-ounce) can Solo brand dessert filling (any flavor)
Beat cream cheese and butter or margarine at low speed until soft and fluffy, about 1 minute. In another bowl, stir together flour, 1 cup confectioners' sugar and the baking powder. Slowly beat flour mixture into cream cheese mixture, beating until dough is smooth, about 2 minutes. Shape dough, by rounded teaspoonfuls, into balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press your thumb into each ball and spoon filling into the indentation.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven unit the bottoms are lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes. Remove cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Dust tops with remaining confectioners' sugar.
Call Chef Wolfgang at 3 Square Cafe on Abbott Kinney. He used to bake kolaches for breakfast before the cafe got really swamped. I remember last year at Rockewnagner, they had the blueberry and raspberry kind. They were really good, especially when newly baked :)
3 Square Cafe + Bakery
I am considering it.. I would definitely buy some from an at home baker also. That's what we did when visiting my grandma in Kansas when I was a kid. Bought them from ladies who baked at home.
I'd love to see the recipe, thank you so much for the kind offer : ) firstname.lastname@example.org