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Not to be confused with Kalach (food).
Makovy frgal.jpg
Larger koláč, called "frgál", baked at Moravian Wallachia area
Type Sweet bread
Cookbook: Kolach  Media: Kolach
Kolache preparation in bakery

A Kolach (plural kolache, also spelled kolace or kolacky /kəˈlɑːi, -ki/,[1] 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.[2] Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe, they have become popular in parts of the United States. The name originates from the Czech, and orirginally Old Slavonic word kolo meaning "circle", "wheel". The word kolache may also be used to describe a meat filled pastry (esp. in some parts of Texas). However, this probably refers to a klobasnek. A klobasnek is often thought to be a variation of the kolach (koláče); however, most Czechs hold the distinction that kolache are only filled with non-meat fillings. Unlike kolache, which came to the United States with Czech immigrants, klobasniky were first made by Czechs that settled in Texas.

Kolache celebrations[edit]

Several cities, including Verdigre, Nebraska; Wilber, Nebraska; Prague, Nebraska; Caldwell, Texas;[3] East Bernard, Texas; Crosby, Texas; Hallettsville, Texas; Prague, Oklahoma; St. Ludmila's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kewaunee, Wisconsin[4] hold annual Kolache Festival celebrations.

Montgomery, Minnesota, is the "Kolacky capital of the world"[5] and holds an annual festival known as Kolacky Days. Verdigre, Nebraska, stakes the same claim with their Kolach Days.[6] 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.[7]

Haugen, Wisconsin is the Kolache Capital of Wisconsin. The village is a Bohemian settlement that celebrates its Czech Heritage during an annual festival (Haugen Fun Days). Kolaches are a staple of the village's festival with Kolache sales, bake-offs, and tastings.

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 2007.

Related dishes[edit]

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

A related dish is a klobasnek, which is popular in central and southeast Texas. It often uses similar bread but is filled with a link of sausage or ground sausage. Some people also refer to these as kolaches, but they are more accurately referred to as a "pig in a blanket".[2] They may also contain ham, cheese, jalapeño, eggs and bacon/sausage, potato, etc., and resemble a "pig in a blanket". Czech settlers created klobasniky after they immigrated to Texas.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "kolacky". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Czech, Please: 2000s Archive : gourmet.com". Prod.gourmet.com. 2011-08-01. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Michele Casady, "Rain and kolaches? Czech"". Bryan-College Station Eagle, September 13, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://agriculturalheritage.org/?page_id=336
  5. ^ "Montgomery, Minnesota City Information". US-MN: ePodunk. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Village of Verdigre". Village of Verdigre. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  7. ^ https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/capitals.html
  8. ^ Siegel, Jeff (January 2014). "The Kolach Trail". Texas Co-Op Power: 11. 

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