I have made this recipe so many times and it always turns out terrific! I've had these often in Texas and my husband has Czech grandparents, so I wanted to learn to make them when we moved away. This is the only recipe I use! I often use my homemade jam instead of the solo filling. Any kind of fruit filling or jam works great. I brush the kolaches with melted butter before filling them, then again after baking them, it helps them keep longer. Make sure you only let them rise a little the second time, or the filling might run off and they will get too puffy. 15-20 minutes is enough time, just while the oven is heating. I usually get at least 30-36 kolaches from this recipe.
You can use this dough to make sausage rolls, too. Use the little sausages, or Polish/Czech/German sausage that have been cut in small pieces. Wrap the dough completely around the sausage and let it rise until doubled, then bake. So, only one rising of the dough for them. Depending on the size of the sausage, you can get at least 3 dozen sausage rolls from this recipe. Brush them with butter and store leftovers in the refrigerator.
I've actually made a pan of fruit kolaches and a pan if sausage kolaches from this single recipe many times! Thanks Amysue1!
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I have made this recipe so many times and it always turns out terrific! I've had these often...