Peach Kolaches

Ingredients -

Dough

2 envelopes yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs, slightly beaten
8 cups flour
1/4 stick melted butter

Peach Filling

7 qt. sliced peaches in small chunks
7 c. granulated sugar
2 c. clear jel A or cornstarch
5 1/4 c. cold water
1 c. bottled lemon juice

Directions -

Add the yeast to one teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl. Combine the remaining sugar, the oil and the salt in a mixing bowl. Heat the milk to about 110 degrees (lukewarm). Add 1/2 cup of the milk to the yeast/sugar mixture and set aside. Add the remaining milk to the mixing bowl and combine yeast/sugar mixture. Add remaining milk to the mixing bowl and combine with the other ingredients. Begin adding the flour to the mixing bowl one cup at a time. By the time you have added the second cup, the yeast will have proofed. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and combine. Add a third cup of flour to the mixture and combine. Add the eggs at this point and combine them into the flour mixture. Begin adding the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough is ready when "the dough chases the spoon around the bowl". This usually takes about a total of about 5 1/2 cups of flour.

Cover the dough in the bowl and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours. Melt a stick of butter on the stovetop so that it is ready for spreading on the dough. Grease the tops of two cookie sheets and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After the dough is doubled, punch it down into the bowl. Flour the work surface slightly. With a tablespoon scoop out balls of dough and drop onto work surface, maybe a dozen at a time. Then take each fall of dough to the palm of your hand and roll into a ball. Place the ball on a cookie sheet in evenly spaced rows of four across and six down to make a pan of 24. Brush with melted butter. Let them proof maybe another 30 minutes.

For open kolaches, press down an indentation in the center of each ball and fill with approximately one heaping teaspoon of filling. Let them set another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake the pan of kolaches about 20 minutes but check after 15. They should be a light golden brown in color. Finished kolaches can be frozen for no more than 6 weeks. After they have cooled, wrap single layers of kolaches in plastic wrap and place in a Ziplock bag, squeezing all the air out of the bag as you close it.

Fixing the filling: Peel peaches. To prevent darkening, use lemon juice. Drop the fruit into a weak solution as it is peeled. Do not leave the fruit in the solution longer than 20 minutes and rinse before using. Combine sugar and clear jel A. Stir together thoroughly. Put water in large kettle. Gradually add dry ingredients, stirring constantly. Stir and cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Boil 1 minute more, stirring constantly.

Drain peach slices and fold into mixture. Continue to heat for 3 minutes. Fill the kolaches.


Servings - 48 kolaches

by - Maxine Jindrich Power

Prep Time - 2-3 hours

Cook Time - 20 minutes


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