12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 7: Czech Kolaches

Photo: K.Henriques

Note to self: really take time to research recipes before committing to them. Had I taken a little longer to check out the recipes I chose I would have realized that close to half were bread recipes. Not only do I not have a ton of experience with bread baking, but it takes FOREVER!

If you’re following this challenge you’ll know that I’m learning some things along the way and today was no exception. I thought everything was going fine until I had the bread rising and realized I hadn’t put the egg in. I called in my reinforcements (my husband) and we tried adding the egg after the fact but it didn’t mix well so we had to toss the entire batch and start over. >insert lots of frustration here.<

Round two: tried to pay more attention to ensure I didn’t miss anything and learned why most cooks/bakers prep all of the ingredients beforehand in order to be certain they don’t miss anything. I’m making a mental note to do that going forward so I don’t repeat the same mistake twice. Minus that little mishap everything else went fairly well; except we did end up having to add about 3/4 cup more flour than called for because the dough was way too sticky.

Other than just taking time to rise (two separate times) this recipe isn’t hard; just time consuming. The apple and cheese mixture was easy to throw together and I did that while the dough was rising the first time to ensure it was cool enough when it came time to put them on. I gently created a well within each dough ball, which I weighed on a scale just to ensure it was the right size so they all cooked evenly. The recipe noted that you need to make sure the well is deep enough so the mixture doesn’t spill over the edge and I did that, however I still have issues with the cheese mixture overflowing a bit. It’s possible I put a little more cheese mixture than I was supposed to so that might have been the reason but I’m not sure.

Despite some of the filling coming over the edge, these tasted really good. The bread was very soft and since they’re not as sweet as a pastry since it is a bread dough so the filling really adds a nice sweetness and flavor. The apple filling was good by itself but I actually liked the cheese filling the best. Worth the effort for sure!

Baking Ease8
Time Spent7
Taste10
Visual8

Recipe Used: King Arthur

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