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Homemade Texas Style Kolaches in 10 Steps.

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

shredded cheese

1. Combine water & yeast in small bowl, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar until light & fluffy.

3. Mix in the egg yolks, milk, and salt. Combine well. (It won’t be smooth, just make sure everything gets mixed in!)

4. Add the water/yeast & flour to the mixture. Stir until a soft dough is formed.

5. Cover the dough with a towel and let it sit for about an hour and a half. Save yourself some heartache and spend this time cleaning up your mess from phase one of operation kolache.

6. pull off pieces of dough (think a little larger than a golf ball) roll them up, and flatten slightly. Place them on a greased baking sheet.

7. Arrange the dough balls at least an inch apart from each other, and brush them with melted butter. Leave em alone for another hour to double in size again.

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!

This part is time consuming, but also fun in a ‘get your hands dirty’ ‘play-doh kitchen’ sort of way. Have fun & enjoy the process.

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!!!

*Don’t forget they freeze & reheat really well. I’m looking forward to several no cook comfort food breakfasts in the upcoming weeks. Mmm mmm!