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Hilah heads to the town of West, Texas to check out the world famous Czech Stop to learn more about this unique town's Czech heritage and their delicious kolaches.

Apricot Kolaches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 packages active dry yeast (1/2 ounce total)

  • 3/4 cup soft butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Filling: 12 ounces dried apricots (or other dried fruit), 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons sugar (or more, to taste), 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Scald milk by heating in a small pot over medium-low heat for a couple minutes, stirring, until steam rises and tiny bubbles for around the edges. Remove from heat.

  2. Add water and allow to cool to lukewarm (95-105°F)

  3. Stir in yeast to dissolve and set aside.

  4. Cream butter, sugar, and salt together until smooth and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks.

  5. Add in the yeast-milk mixture and half the flour. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.

  6. Add the rest of the flour to form a firm dough. Cover and let rise until doubled.

  7. Meanwhile, make the filling: Chop apricots and combine in a pot with water to cover them and sugar. Simmer 10 minutes until softened. Mash to form a chunky puree. Cool.

  8. Once dough has risen, punch down and knead by hand on a floured surface for a couple of minutes. Divide into 24 balls.

  9. Arrange balls 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and cover. Let rise 45 minutes.

  10. Preheat oven to 350F.

  11. Press holes in the dough balls to fit a large spoonful of apricot filling and fill each with a couple tablespoons of apricot.

  12. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

Apricot Kolaches
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