Playing with Dough

Comedians sometimes confess they use the antics of their families for joke fodder. This practice isn’t always applauded by the family members, however.

As someone who has a blog, I can identify with a comedian’s plight. When you write – you always need new material! Bless my own family for tolerating my gleefully raised eyebrow whenever I spot one of them involved in something with “blog-topic” potential. 😉

Today, the thanks and kudos go to Sir Beads for allowing me to unexpectedly accost him – paparazzi-style – as he attempted to recreate a baked treat he had watched his grandmother make when he was a kid.

Although I never met her, I’ve heard much about this wonderful cook, who was “Grandma” to Sir Beads and his brothers. She was born in old Czechoslovakia but came to the U. S. as a young girl. She eventually married, raised a large family, and was dearly loved by all of them. Sir Beads says he can still see her fingers nimbly handling the dough while she deftly braided a large loaf of bread called “hoska”. And he can still taste the delicious wheel-shaped pastries she made by the dozens called “kolache”.

From Wikipedia:Kolache (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky) from the Czech and Slovak is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe . . .”

curlylineLuckily, I had the camera handy and the batteries charged last week when Sir Beads made “kolache” . . .

I was impressed with how he handled the dough. (It must be genetic!)


Cutting them out . . .


Adding the fruit filling . . .


Brushing them with butter after baking.


A generous sprinkle of powdered sugar once they are cool.


I think: They came out great – absolutely delicious!

He says: “They’re ok . . . but not Grandma’s.” (He adds that he’ll try again.)


I fibbed when I wrote “3-dozen” in the photo just above.

Kindly subtract 4 from that. 😉

(We did have to immediately “check” them . . . just to see if they were ok, don’t ya know.)




Playing with Dough — 4 Comments

  1. I knew right away when you said Czech I would know what he was making one way or another. I make these all the time,(we call them Kolacky) but we cut ours in squares and pull two corners over the filling. Yum..right up there with Kifly.

    Sadly, these old recipes and making them are not often passed on to the next generation anymore. But I guess our kids make their own traditions. Laurie and her boys enjoy making pumpkin rolls for everyone at Christmas and I never made one in my life.

    Watch out now, those Kolacky are Uuber fattening.
    xx, Carol

  2. Hi Carol,
    It’s fun to hear about your version of them! 🙂
    I hear ya on the “fattening” aspect – especially since it seems impossible to eat just one per serving! xo

  3. Those look so good, Sir Beads is a lucky man to have had grandmother who taught him to cook. There is a place here called the Kolache Factory, but I’m sure homemade is better. Have a great weekend.

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