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What Are Kolaches?

Kolaches Are a Taste of Central Europe in Texas

If you're not from Texas — or a few other choice towns across America — you may have never had the pleasure of eating a kolache. A Central European pastry iconic across the Lone Star State, the kolache is prized for its soft, pillowy dough and its versatility: kolache fillings range from the sweet (apricot, prunes, and poppy seeds) to the savory (sausages). And some fillings, like cheese, even possess qualities of both.

Texans owe the enjoyment of this fluffy yeast roll to the number of Czechs who immigrated to the state in the 1800s, and while there's nothing more authentic than enjoying a kolache in one of the state's few remaining Czech towns, city dwellers can savor kolaches on the go at any of the state's ubiquitous Kolache Factory stores. The Kolache Factory, a breakfast chain somewhat akin to a Texas kolache version of, say, Dunkin' Donuts, is also known for its unconventional kolache fillings, such as chocolate cream cheese, sausage and gravy, ranchero, and even Philly cheesesteak.


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Bruce15244222 Bruce15244222 2 years
Kolaches are coming to a Quiktrip near you :)
telane telane 6 years
KimmyRae, same here! My family immigrated to the US from Bohemia and we have used the same recipe for generations. The typical ones they made were with the date/prune filling, which I have always hated, but I always loved the cheese!
KimmyRae610 KimmyRae610 6 years
I'm from Wisconsin and my family is Bohemian and Kolaches were a huge staple in my family growing up. Both my grandmothers made them from scratch. My faves are cherry and cheese. :)
ktseyf ktseyf 6 years
I'm from Iowa, and there is a great bakery in Cedar Rapids that makes kolaches. These are a fantastic family tradition on Christmas/day after Thanksgiving/whenever. We love them!
TFred423 TFred423 6 years
The halfway point between Dallas and Austin on I-35 is a Czech town names West, TX. I stop there and pick up kolaches and other Czech sweets on every road trip!!!! It is a must try!!!!
Advah Advah 6 years
When I was in Austin, my friends brought me to that tiny Polish bakery that has apparently the best kolaches in town. I don't know about the others, but these were pretty f*cking amazing! Hmmmm... I miss Texan food. :(
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Sonia, I had them in Hungary and the Czech Republic, too, and they were so good over there! (Which obviously makes sense.) I have had them from one bakery in NE Ohio that came pretty close. I wonder how the ones from a chain would compare; I'll check them out if I'm ever in Texas.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
i've had these in Hungary. though i never knew what they were called. i love the poppy seed. i guess if i ever visit Texas i'll have to go check this place out.
Food Food 6 years
Anonymous, I will have to check out the Kolache Shoppe!
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
weird, I'm from Chicago and I always thought kolache were Polish and were more of a firm butter cookie with a jam center but maybe it's just a regional thing
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
These are also popular (though not quite as popular, based on the comments here) in NE Ohio. I never realized it was such a regional thing.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm not a fan of white bread, but these do look good.
chancleta chancleta 6 years
I'm a Florida girl so I've never had one. These look amazing. I bet they're killer with coffee.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 6 years
I also have grown up and still live in Austin. I see the Kolache Shop and the Kolache Factory all the time but I've never had one. I promise to stop by and get one some day very soon.
BubbleSpice BubbleSpice 6 years
My last job was a nightmare, except the days that one of our vendors brought the office kolaches. Then even the psychos were calmer and happier.
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
One of my closest friends is Czech-Mex (her parents were originally from Texas), so we celebrate Czech-Mex day every year on April 19th. We eat a lot of Mexican food, drink a lot of Tecate and Pilsner Urquell and my friend's mom always sends us kolaches. So much fun!
Lily-Inferno Lily-Inferno 6 years
You know, I was born and raised in San Antonio and never had a kolache til maybe 7 months ago..I love them! Though Ive never had a sweet one. I think my favorite so far is is the pepperoni and cheese kolache from Krispy Kreme..
chefdrea chefdrea 6 years
I was raised in Austin and kolaches were a standard weekend breakfast in our family. Sausage, jalapeno cheddar were my favorite! It is still one of the first things I have to have when I go back to see my parents.
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