Kolach

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Kolach
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Kolache with poppy seed filling
Larger koláč, so called "frgál" (plural frgály), baked at Valašsko area
Slavski kolač, has an important role in the celebration of the Serbian Slava.
Kolache preparation in bakery

A Kolach (plural kolache /kɵˈlɑːi/, also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče, sg. koláč) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.[1] Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States.

Kolache celebrations[edit]

Several cities, including Prague, Oklahoma; Caldwell, Texas;[2] East Bernard, Texas; Hallettsville, Texas; St. Ludmila's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, IA; and Kewaunee, Wisconsin hold annual Kolache Festival celebrations.

Montgomery, Minnesota, claims to be the "Kolacky capital of the world"[3] and holds an annual festival known as Kolacky Days. Verdigre, Nebraska, stakes the same claim with their Kolach Days.[4] Prague, Nebraska, claims to be known as the home of the world's largest kolache. Both Caldwell and West, Texas, claim the title of "Kolache Capital" of the state.[5]

Still other communities in the United States hold Czech-American festivals, where kolache may be found.

It was the sweet chosen to represent the Czech Republic in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006.

Related dishes[edit]

Photo of New York-style strawberry kolache.
New York-style strawberry kolache.

A related dish is a klobasnek (plural klobasniky or klobasniki), which often uses similar bread but is filled with a link of sausage or ground sausage. Purists assert that these are mistakenly referred to as kolache.[1] They may also contain ham, cheese, jalapeño, eggs and bacon/sausage, potato, etc., and they resemble a "pig in a blanket". Czech settlers created klobasniky after they immigrated to Texas.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Czech, Please: 2000s Archive : gourmet.com". Prod.gourmet.com. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Michele Casady, "Rain and kolaches? Czech"". Bryan-College Station Eagle, September 13, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Montgomery, Minnesota City Information". US-MN: ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Village of Verdigre". Village of Verdigre. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/capitals.html
  6. ^ Siegel, Jeff (January 2014). "The Kolach Trail". Texas Co-Op Power: 11.