Ham And Cheese Kolache
Contributed by: NAPSA
Take Your Taste Buds Abroad (NAPSA) - For a
number of home chefs, cooking has gone global.
Kolaches, for example, are an increasingly popular and easy way to make a delicious food from
across the Atlantic.
If kolaches (pronounced ko-LOSH-e) were invented in America, they would most likely
be called puffs. The tasty treats, however, were invented as wedding pastries in Czechoslovakia
and have held their name for hundreds of years.
Americans have developed a taste for kolaches-as evidenced by the annual Kolache
Festivals in Burleson County, Texas. The festival (held every September) includes a bake show
which draws entries from across Texas.
Generally, the kolache is considered a dessert. The versatility of kolache, however, is
demonstrated by the Fleischmann's Yeast Test Kitchens with their recipe for Ham and Cheese
A Ham and Cheese Kolache is a soft, rounded, Parmesan-laced roll, baked golden brown and topped with pieces of hearty ham anchored in melted cheese and Dijon mustard. This recipe has a full flavor and can be a meal unto itself.
- 3 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 envelope Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 egg, large
- Ham and Cheese Filling (recipe follows)
- Egg Glaze (recipe follows)
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, cheese, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water and
butter until very warm (120û to 130ûF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2
minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and 1 cup flour;
beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on
lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide dough into 16 equal pieces; shape each into a ball. Cover; let rest 15 minutes. Place
balls on greased baking sheets 2 inches apart. Make a deep and wide indentation on each ball by
pushing outward toward edge, leaving 1/2-inch ridge around outside. Fill with Ham and Cheese
filling. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Brush surface
of dough with Egg Glaze.
Bake at 375ûF for 15 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; serve warm.
Ham and Cheese Filling: In a bowl, combine 1 cup diced ham, 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese,
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Stir to blend well. Refrigerate
until ready to use.
Egg Glaze: In a small bowl, combine 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Beat lightly to
When you use two baking sheets or pans in the same oven, be sure to stagger them. Heat rises
and stacking one pan directly above another causes the bottom pan to bake faster than the top.
Bakers should also rotate the sheets (top to bottom and bottom to top) and turn the sheets 180
degrees (back to front) halfway through baking.
Serving Size: Makes 16 Kolaches