Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins
A kolacky is a small dinner roll-like pastry which is folded, enclosing filling in the center. The most common fillings include Cottage Cheese, prune, poppyseed, apricot, apple, blueberry and raspberry. both open-faced and closed-face kolackys were made in Czechoslovakia. the closed kolacky came into being because the fruit in the open-faced buns would get all over the working man's lunch bucket. The men had their wives fold over the pastry so it wouldn't mess up the other things in the lunch bucket. This is a old recipe from my grandmother who came from Prague Czechoslovakian at the turn of the 20th century.
- 1⁄2 lb butter
- 1 lb cottage cheese
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups apricot jam
- Let butter soften in a bowl.
- When very soft mix butter and cottage cheese together.
- Add salt and sugar.
- Add flour last and mix by hand. To get dough to the consistency of pie dough.
- Put the dough in wax paper in the refrigerator overnight.
- If you want to bake it today leave the dough in the refrigerator at least for 3 hours.
- Then take it out and divide it into 3 parts.
- Take 1 part of the dough and put it on a floured table. Flatten the dough to a 1/8 of inch thick.
- Then take a small juice glass and cut round circle in the dough. (Put some flour on the rim of the glass if the dough start to stick). Take your thumb and make a dent in the middle of the dough. Fill it with apricot or any jam.
- Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown.
This was a fantastic recipe. I've been looking for this exact pastry for quite some time. It was very difficult to find the firm cottage cheese. Whole foods carries a farmer's cheese that fits the requirements to a T. I am Czech as well and remember my mother making this for me. It immediately brought back fond memories! Thanks.