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Lemon Poppy Seed Kolache – Pleasure the Baker

As you already know, I’ve entered my kolache period.  Right here’s a twist on a basic kolache recipe utilizing an enriched dough with a lemon curd and poppy seed twist. They’re an ideal springtime Texas pastry.

I’ve this daydream that someday within the not so distant future I’ll be slingin’ kolaches and low in my little yard bakery.  I can’t inform if it’s a daydream or a premonition, however I’m usually within the enterprise of constructing my very own desires come true so…. perhaps this kolache recipe is simply observe for the close to future.

As I settle into my Texas kolache recipe, I believed I’d carry us a springtime model of my present favourite pastry.  I really like a lemon poppy seed second, particularly when it includes a secret pocket of gooey lemon curd hidden inside buttery dough and sweetened cream cheese.

Should you aren’t conversant in kolache, pull up a chair and settle in.  Kolache are synonymous with central Texas particularly, as Czech immigrants settled all through that rural land within the 1880’s.  Kolach, a single pastry, or its plural, kolache, are a comprised of yeasted candy dough and infrequently crammed with fruit, poppy seeds, or sweetened cheese.  The fruit compote or cheese are dolloped within the heart of the yeasted dough and as they bake, the dough rises up across the filling.  They’re a delight, clearly.  Should you’re driving by central Texas and don’t cease at a mother and pop kolache store – you’re doing it fallacious.

This recipe is predicated off a King Arthur Baking recipe who cites its supply as a Dorothy Kubena, a long-time participant in Caldwell’s Kolache Competition.  You already know we’re workin’ with the good things if this recipe made right into a kolache pageant.  The lemon and poppy seeds are my doing and extremely really useful.

Listed here are the substances you’ll have to make this Lemon Poppy Seed Kolache recipe:

•  kolache dough substances that embody greek yogurt, granulated sugar, kosher salt, unsalted butter, instantaneous yeast, all-purpose flour, giant eggs, and heat waterClick on right here for a full view of substances and step-by-step photographs of constructing the kolache dough.

For the filling and toppings of those spring ahead kolaches you’ll want the next:

  store-bought lemon curd (or you possibly can make curd from scratch with this recipe!)

•  recent lemons

•  poppy seeds

•  cream cheese

  a big egg

  vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

  all-purpose flour

  granulated sugar

•  unsalted butter

Two issues make this kolache dough like little bread pillows.  No.1: The enriched dough is made with full-fat Greek yogurt as a substitute of complete milk.  The yogurt works to tenderize the dough and create a lightness to the baked rolls.  And No.2: The smooth and sticky dough rests within the fridge in a single day to assist develop the flavors, and permitting the gluten to soak up the moisture and stabilize. The dough is well-rested and far simpler to work with after a very good night time’s sleep (additionally, identical).

Should you’d wish to see the dough in-process, scroll by final fall’s recipe for Apple Butter and Cream Cheese Kolaches.  It’s confidence inspiring, particularly as soon as you already know the dough can be moderately sticky earlier than it goes within the fridge.

After the dough has rested, divide the chilled dough into 20 equal items.  I take advantage of this kitchen scale to make every ball 50 grams.  Pat every portion of dough right into a thick spherical disk and let settle and relaxation for 10 minutes earlier than shaping and filling.

I take advantage of my fingers to create wells within the heart of every kolache dough portion.  We would like sufficient room to cradle each lemon curd and a sweetened cream cheese topping, a few two inch divet.  And since two fillings aren’t sufficient for these little pastries, I add a buttery crumble topping simply earlier than baking. Be at liberty to skip the crumble if this effort suggestions the dimensions for you. I completely perceive that.

This smooth, poppy seed studded dough bakes as much as frivolously golden, the cream cheese topping units like a straightforward cheesecake and – the SECRET LEMON CURD POCKET!? Effectively, that’s simply one of the best half.

Take pleasure in these kolaches heat or a straightforward room temperature.  Although… when you’ve got entry to a toaster oven to barely heat these buns earlier than consuming, I extremely advocate a fast toast.  The dough is smooth however sturdy and the middle bursts with candy and tart lemon curd.

Let this be your subsequent baking mission! Should you do that kolache recipe, don’t neglect to price the recipe and depart a remark under. I really like listening to from you!


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close up of finished kolache recipe with lemon and poppy seeds

Lemon Poppy Seed Kolaches


My favourite Texas pastry.



For the kolache dough:

For the filling:

For the crumble topping:


  1. To make the dough, in a medium bowl whisk collectively yogurt, sugar, and salt. Soften butter within the microwave or in a small saucepan and whisk the nice and cozy melted butter into the yogurt combination to mix.
  2. Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, use a rubber spatula to mix flour, yeast, heat water, and eggs. Add the yogurt combination and use the spatula to roughly mix. Knead the combination with the dough hook on low pace for five minutes. Dough ought to draw back from the edges of the bowl however be very cheesy too the contact. Add as much as 1/2 cup extra flour as needed however actually, you need the dough to be sticky. The in a single day relaxation within the fridge will make the sticky dough simple to work with.
  3. Switch the dough to a frivolously greased bowl, cowl the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate in a single day.
  4. Whereas the kolache dough rests, make the cheese filling and the crumble topping.
  5. For the cheese filling, in a medium bowl utilizing hand beaters or within the bowl of the stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat collectively the entire cheese filling substances till a clean paste types. Place in a small container, cowl and refrigerate.
  6. For the crumble topping, mix the entire substances in a medium bowl and use your fingers to include the substances right into a sandy combination. Cowl and place within the fridge till able to fill.
  7. The next day, take away the dough from the fridge, and divide it into about 20 items and use a bench knife to divide the dough into balls which can be 1 3/4 ounces (or 50 grams) every, in regards to the measurement of a golf ball.
  8. Place the items on frivolously greased or parchment-lined rimmed half sheet pans, leaving about an inch between them. Flatten the balls till they’re about 1/2″ thick, cowl them with frivolously greased plastic wrap, and permit them to relaxation for 10 minutes.
  9. Utilizing your fingers, make a large, deep indentation within the heart of every flattened dough ball. Don’t be afraid of being decisive right here; you wish to make a deep sufficient indentation that it doesn’t simply disappear because the buns rise and bake.
  10. Place about 1 tablespoon of the lemon curd on the backside of the indentation you’ve made adopted by 1 beneficiant tablespoon of the cream cheese combination on high. Crumble a little bit of the streusel on high. Cowl the kolache, and permit them to rise for about 45 minutes. They gained’t essentially double in bulk.
  11. Uncover the kolache, and bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 to twenty minutes, till they’re golden brown.
  12. Take away the kolache from the oven, and serve heat, or at room temperature. Retailer any leftovers hermetic at room temperature for a number of days; freeze for longer storage and reheat coated in foil to serve heat.



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