Elsie Hronek's Kolaches

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This is a traditional Bohemian pastry recipe handed down from my wife's much beloved Bohemian grandmother who took joy in watching her family eat. It seems like it isn't a real family get-together without kolaches and it also seems like there are never enough made. If you don't like prunes, any fruit filling will work very, very well.



Prune topping[edit]

  1. Cook prunes in water until soft.
  2. Beat until well mashed.
  3. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.
  4. Set aside and allow to cool.


  1. Put yeast in ½ cup warm water with 1 tsp sugar.
  2. Scald 1½ cup milk.
  3. Add ½ cup sugar, ½ cup butter, and 2 tsp salt to scalded milk in large bowl beat in 2 cups flour.
  4. Add beaten egg yolks and remaining 3 cups flour.
  5. Put on flat surface and knead.
  6. Put in greased, large bowl and let rise until doubled in size.
  7. Make into large walnut-size balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  8. Dip finger in melted butter and make a 'well' in top surface of the balls.
  9. Fill with prune filling and let set for approx 10 minutes.
  10. Bake in 375°F degree oven for approx 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and brush bread surface with more butter.
  12. Optional: sprinkle top with coconut.