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Can someone please explain kolaches to this non-Texan. Aren't they just an excuse to eat hot dogs for breakfast?

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  1. Kolaches actually are a Czech import. (In Poland, there are similar pastries known as kolachkis -- with a second K.) Texas, particularly East Central Texas, has a large population that decends from Czech immigrants. Most kolaches are flat pastries with a fruit or poppy seed filling. The "pig-in-a-blanket" version, which you aptly call "hotdogs for breakfast," is, I think, a native Texas variation on the kolache theme. A delicious variation on the theme, I might add!

    1. Actually, the meat ones usually contain some pretty good locally produced sausages. As Kirk said, most are fruit based. The bakery in West, Texas (east side of I-35 just north of Hillsboro) has em and the bakery in La Grange also produces good kolaches.

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      1. re: Steve West
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        Dustin Milburn

        I beleive you are talking about The Czech Stop in West, Texas. Great place, especially considering they are open 24 hours. I stop there every time i drive to Austin.

      2. And what's wrong with hotdogs for breakfast? Actually, I like Kolaches *better* than hotdogs. My favorites are The Kolache Factory, Westheimer @ S. Shepherd, and Hruska's in Ellinger, just off Hwy. 71.

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        1. re: Frank M

          You're absolutely right, Frank ... there's nothing wrong with hot dogs for breakfast. In fact, I also think Einstein Bagels' "Chicago Bagel Dog" (which I might add I never saw in the nearly 20 years I lived in Chicago) is a perfect way to start the day. But it's three times the size and five times the price of a sausage kolache.

          Of course, I suspect you think a perfect chaser for the kolachedog breakfast is a nice cold St. Arnold brew. Right? : - D

          1. re: Kirk

            That's how they do it in Prague.

            I would always see men waiting for the bus, having a sausage for breakfast and a Gambrinus or Pilsner Urquel.

            1. re: MidtownCoog

              I suspect that many of us would do the same, if we could get away with it!

              I've never been to Prague, but I do know that in Germany beer is frequently consumed throughout the day. It's considered a food by most people there.

              And when I lived in Spain, I recall seeing many people have anis or another liqueur with their morning coffee. Since many of them were out enjoying themselves until 2 or 3 a.m. during the workweek, it's understandable if they need "a little something" to start the day.

              We North Americans tend to look at things differently, which is probably one reason why we don't grouse about working at least 40 hours a week or getting vacations that Europeans tend to think are scandalously short.

          2. re: Frank M

            If you get out to Fort Bend County, try our favorite kolache stop, Vacek's Bakery in Rosenberg. All of the fruit kolaches are wonderful, expecially apricot--and the sausage and cheese kolache is great too. Vacek's is our first stop when we are heading out on an early morning road trip.

            1. re: Zorra

              My experience with Vacek's is many years out of date (my parents lived in Richmond, next door to Rosenberg, for a time), but echoes yours. I was particularly fond of a jalapeno variation of the sausage and cheese kolache, which to my mind was a perfect synthesis of the area's dominant food cultures. And also delicious.

              But personally, the sausage roll type is always secondary to me: the basic cherry/apricot/poppy/etc. is what I think of when I think of kolache.

          3. If you really want a good sausage kolache, and you do, There's a place in Zabcikville, about 15 minutes outside of Temple(which is 30 min south of Waco on I35) called Greene's Sausage. They wrap dough around their house-made links. Should you be lucky enough to taste one, you will forever swear off the garbage that is passed off as a sausage kolache at places such as the kolache factory, etc.

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            1. re: T-bone

              T Bone absolutely correct the best kolaches I have eaten other than a friend's mom. I eat the La Grange ones, and have eaten the West ones but Green's in Zabickville Hwy 53, is the best I had! I also highly recommend the sausage as well.

              1. re: bktws

                Doe's Greene's have a website? Or does someone know the hours/days they are open? Thanks.

                1. re: fat boy in austin

                  http://greenssausagehouse.com/

                  Monday-Friday: 7:00am-7:00pm
                  Saturday: 7:00am-6:00pm
                  Sunday: Closed

              2. re: T-bone

                T-bone is right. My parents had Greene's sausage kolaches at their wedding reception! Our extended family drives through Zabcikville from all over Texas to bring back Greene's sausage and kolaches.

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                LittleMichelle

                Love it! I'm from Seattle and had never heard of Kolaches when I moved here. I actually called them "Ko-lashes" at a meeting and everyone laughed at me.

                Oh well I got the last laugh when I pointed out that they were eating hotdogs for breakfast.

                Then to myself I thought...mmmmmm hotdogs for breakfast.

                1. Ok here goes.... Kolaches are in fact the little square pastries with fruit in the middle much like a danish.They are actually a Czech wedding pastry that was served to guests in lue of cake. The hot dogs you are refering to are called klobasnikies which in Czech means "pig-in-a-blanket." And they were not a Texas twist on the recipe. They are a totally seperate item that was invented in the Old World. My Polish piano teacher says she ate them back home. Don't get me wrong they are delicious but not kolaches. And they are fab for breakfast or anytime. If you would like to try some authentic kolaches try Zamykal Kolaches in Calvert, TX. I have been spreading the word because it is the closest thing I have had to my own Czech Grandmother's recipe. They have a website you can order from and they will ship them anywhere in the US, I think. I get them shipped to Dallas all the time. Delish classics like poppy seed but my favorites are the gourmet ones like German Chocolate, Pecan, and Keylime. I hope this helps!

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                  1. re: Tbird1980

                    Tbird,

                    You and I both are spreading the word about Zamykal. However the Kolache Haven in Denton is coming very close to having a Zamykal like recipe. They also have koblasnikies and some "exotic" fruit fillings (i.e. tamarind, mango, etc). If you are on I-35E exit Fort Worth Dr. make a U-turn under the bridge and just off the corner on the right will be Candy Haven and Kolache Haven. They basically just opened about a month or two ago and have been continually working on the recipes. I thought they were the best in the DFW metroplex so far and I also happened to be the only customer who could pick out which Koblasnikie uses the two sausage brands he uses (Fischers and Syracuse). The ones that use Fischers sausage are far superior as Fischers is a fairly local meat market in Muenster, TX. Fischers has a great meat market and also makes their own pickles, jams, jellies and the sort.

                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                      Heading to Pilot point for the weekend and Denton is the closest "big city." :) Going to try and make it in.

                    2. re: Tbird1980

                      Actually, kolatche (in Czech "kolace") aren't square but round! The filling is sweet - mostly from curd (soft creamy cheese), poppy seeds, jam, fruit - plums, apples, cherries, strawberries, apricots etc; povidla - thick preserve of plums, walnuts. They are different sizes, the smallest ones are traditional wedding kolacky that are wrapped and given to wedding guests. Some photos on http://www.cukrarnauhaje.cz/foto/svat...
                      The wedding kolacky can also be square and look like a folded scarf so the filling is wrapped inside. The saying is that if you eat a kolacek baked in the corner of the oven sheet you will get married within a year so these should be served to single people. They can also be huge round kolace - Chodovske kolace - from Western Bohemia region called Chodov. They are decorated with curd, povidla and poppy seeds so that the middle made of filling looks like mosaic glass. You can check out a photo on http://www.hshronov.cz/images/Chodske... or http://web.quick.cz/chodsko1/chod/kol...
                      I live in Prague in the Czech Republic and it is difficult to find the real thing in shops here although there are some small bakeries with good stuff.
                      Good luck with kolache in the US, I'm sure they can be delicious if the recipe is passed down in the family.

                    3. I am from West and LOVE kolaches. However, it surprises me that so many people think Czech Stop has great kolaches. So next time ya'll are headed the West direction, go into the town a little bit and stop at Gerik's Ole Czech Bakery. (If coming from Dallas, go east under the overpass on Oak. It will be on the right side of the road past a car lot). Guys these are much better b/c they are made with better ingredients, ie cream, butter. Not better for you, but if you're eating a kolache you probably don't care about that. The dough will taste sweeter and more buttery. Try one first to make sure you like them, but they are delish.
                      Now they have these huge non-cinnamon rolls that are fabulous. They are in so many different flavors like poppyseed (my personal fave), strawberry cream cheese, Italian cream, apple strudel and peanut butter. I try to go in every time I visit my parents to get some and they are always sold out of the poppyseed spins so I would call them if you want them to save you one. 254 826-3309 . Also, their ham and cheese kolaches are melt in your mouth wonderful.
                      Oh, and Czech Stop is by in no means bad, especially if you are driving through late at night and they are the only place open. They have some awesome cookies chocolate/coconut. Like a Mounds bar. But really, I only go there for the cookies.

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                      1. re: snowwhiteRN

                        I totally agree with you Snowwhite. I have posted on other posts claiming that in West Gerik's is the best, but the best over all I believe to be Zamykal in Calvert, TX. Gerik's are a bit larger and softer than Czech Stop. People just want convenience rather than quality these days, I suppose.

                        1. re: snowwhiteRN

                          I agree! I think people go there out of convenience and have nothing else to compare them to. There is so much better out there!!!

                          1. re: Tbird1980

                            Here's a "secret tip" for all you kolaches fans. Geriks closes at 6PM. Try to get there at closing time and you can get the day old price!! Get a bag of still-wonderful kolaches for $5!!! That just totally rocks!!!

                            1. re: Thefoodczar

                              I have been going to the same bakery in Houston for 36 years for the best (in my opinion) kolaches in Texas. It is my family's weekend tradition - Kolache Bakery on Bingle near Longpoint.

                              1. re: onatrip

                                I had forgotten about that place. I went with a friend after we visited her mom in the hospital, and those were very good. Hope they are still there.

                                1. re: danhole

                                  Yes, I ate kolaches from there this morning. YUM.

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                                  Kolache Bakery
                                  1839 Bingle Rd, Houston, TX

                          2. re: snowwhiteRN

                            I discovered Gerik's coming home from Dallas. THE. BEST.

                            1. re: snowwhiteRN

                              Hey snowwhite, drive a little further, over the tracks east into town and look for the Village Bakery in West. They are much better fruit Kolaches than The Czech Stop or Gerik's. In fact when traveling with friends who ahve never stopped I stop at each place and buy 6 of each fruit. I then have my wife hand the friends one apricot from each of the three places and ask them to bite into each one, and choose the best, and toos the rest to the trash bag. Every time I have done this the Village has won. But I did find another place west of downtown Hillsboro right over the tracks that beats the Village. In fact I dropped in one day and told them I was challenging them against the Village. They handed me my choice free and after I remarked how good they were they pointed me to the wall where they had won the Kolache Contest 7 years running in Caldwell. But I have stopped in Calvert and tried those too, and I tossed them out right away. The bread they used was too bland and not soft. It seemed flat taste that didn't cause you to want to bite again. The fruit seemed fake. The guys in Denton at Kolache Haven are OK, but there too, the breading lacks. Rumpy's in Gainesville on I35 has fruit Kolaches, but they put too much filling and you can't bite into it without the rest of the filling spilling out everywhere and the Kolaches folding up on you as you try to hold it. To much of it, too fake, and the bread could not even be tasted due to the overwhelming fruit glob. But I am always game to try another place. And as I have found, to each, his own.

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                              Village Bakery Cafe
                              2606 Wolflin Vlg, Amarillo, TX 79109

                              Kolache Cafe
                              555 N Carancahua St, Corpus Christi, TX 78478

                              Rumpy's
                              801 N Interstate 35, Gainesville, TX 76240

                              1. re: RadioFlyer

                                But what is the name of the place "west of downtown Hillsboro right over the tracks that beat the Village"?

                                1. re: Jaymes

                                  Country Czeck Bakery in Hillsboro, TX. I wish to update a little about Rumpy's in Gainesville, Texas on west side of I35 south of the Hwy82 interchange. I emailed owner and mentioned too much fruit filling, and result was gagging due to oversweetness, and also that weight caused the roll to sag, fold, and slipp the fruit all over hands. They were very responsive and reduced the filling as a result. I will go back to see how they are now doing and report back.

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                                  Rumpy's
                                  801 N Interstate 35, Gainesville, TX 76240

                                2. re: RadioFlyer

                                  I guess its a matter of preference then. I had a friend who worked at the Village Bakery so I have had them many times, but certainly not better than Ole Czech. Well at least if you are ordering the meat or poppyseed varieties. They are better than Czech Stop in my opinion. Not near as large of a selection at Village as there are at Ole Czech or Czech Stop.
                                  Now my mom and dad LOVE the bakery in Hillsboro. It is good, but I like more fruit/filling than dough so I like Ole Czech better, as do my siblings and cousins. But my older relatives tend to like the Hillsboro ones better so they may be the more authentic.

                              2. Has anyone ever gone to the Kolache Festival in Burleson?? Its in September this year and I was wondering if its worth the 4 hour drive form west texas :)

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                                1. re: jenwee

                                  No, I didn't know burleson had one but I will certainly try to make it if I am in town! I don't know how far the town of Caldwell is from you but they also have a very fun Kolache festival in September. I believe it is the 6th this year.

                                2. We just had some from Prasek's in Hilje, sausage and jalapeno, very good. Hilje is between Ganado and El Campo on US 59 southwest of Houston. Does anyone know of good kolaches in Houston? Please don't say Kolache Factory or Shipley's. I am convinced there are no good kolaches near Houston unless you travel at least 50 miles west or southwest, and even farther northwest. We took some home and crisped them up in the toaster oven, even better.

                                  1. Kolatche (in Czech "kolace") are round pastry with a filling in the middle. The filling is sweet - mostly from curd (soft creamy cheese), poppy seeds, jam, fruit - plums, apples, cherries, strawberries, apricots etc; povidla - thick preserve of plums, walnuts. They are different sizes, the smallest ones are traditional wedding kolacky that are wrapped and given to wedding guests. Some photos on http://www.cukrarnauhaje.cz/foto/svat...
                                    The wedding kolacky can also be square and look like a folded scarf so the filling is wrapped inside. The saying is that if you eat a kolacek baked in the corner of the oven sheet you will get married within a year so these should be served to single people. They can also be huge round kolace - Chodovske kolace - from Western Bohemia region called Chodov. They are decorated with curd, povidla and poppy seeds so that the middle made of filling looks like mosaic glass. You can check out a photo on http://www.hshronov.cz/images/Chodske... or http://web.quick.cz/chodsko1/chod/kol...

                                    1. Hey koloache lovers! I recently stopped in to Zamykal Kolaches on my way through Calvert to College station and i heard that they are going to be on that TV show "The Texas Country Reporter!" I talked to the lady and she isn't sure what day yet but to look for it in Feb. sometime. I am going to start Tivoing to catch it. Pretty cool I thought! Go Z!!!!!

                                      1. I am from Muenster so "fooding" on the road is what I do, always comparing to the Muenster sausage makers and bakers. . In West, Texas, the Village Bakery (over the tracks and on the right of the main feeder east from I35) is the best in town. In Hillsboro, Texas, the Country Czech Bakery located west of downtown is better. When traveling with friends who haven't had a kolache, I buy multiple meat & fruits from Village, and get the same at the Czech Stop and the other bakery in West. I get them to take and bite of each, and we tossed those we didn't like. Village won by 98%. But Hillsboro beats Village. They won Caldwell's Kolache Festival many years in a row. But I read where someone else just took those honors. But the most important thing to remember about Kolaches is that you should try one before buying many. Apricot is the best teller of proper fruit. If you like the dough and filling then spend your money, or you may be bagging them like we did.

                                        1. And the Calvert kolaches were a waste of fruit and dough.