I usually like to keep things simple in the kitchen, but as a displaced Texan, let me tell you… Your efforts will be worth it for these babies. I made a huge batch last night and stuck ’em in the freezer. This morning I woke up and popped two in the microwave for about 45 seconds, YUM. The smell of fresh kolaches in my floridian kitchen was priceless.
Here’s how Operation Kolache went down…
4 cups of flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 (1/4 ounce) packets of dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2/3 cup milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup of shortening
1/4 cup of butter (melted for brushing)
1 16 oz package of smoked cocktail sausages
8. Now it’s time to pull out your sausages, cheese, and jalapenos! Using your pinky finger, drill a hole into a piece of dough. If you have tiny fingers like me, you may need to wiggle it around to make room for your fillings. My technique got better as I went along. (A. Drill a hole B. Throw some cheese in it. C. Add a piece or two of jalapeno D. Toss a sausage in & pinch it closed!) I made a few with jalapeno & a few plain. It’s easy to mark the top of your spicy ones with a tiny little piece of jalapeno on top. That’s the way I’ve always seen the donut shops do it!
9. When you’re done constructing your kolache babies, throw them in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Immediately brush the tops with melted butter. Let cool & ENJOY, Y’ALL!!!