PPQ: Ham and Cheese Kolache

by Shawnda on August 12, 2012

in Bread,Breakfast,Project Pastry Queen,Texas

Ham and Cheese Kolache

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Emily of She Makes and Bakes. And it’s one of my very, very favorite recipes in the entire book: Kolache.

Kolache are czech breakfast pastries that are very popular in Texas. While traditionally topped with a cream cheese or fruit mixture, it was the savory versions that sold out day after day at my parents’ bakery. Sausage, ham and cheese, and jalapeno sausage & cheese were the most popular varieties.

Ham and Cheese Kolache

There’s almost no better breakfast during the summer than a peach kolache but I chose to make a few changes to the recipe and make ham & cheese kolache this week:
– I let the dough rest in the fridge overnight. The recipe suggests at least 4 hours but the long overnight rise makes the dough more flavorful.
– I used 2 oz of dough per kolache (a little smaller than a golf ball), flattened the dough into a circle, and topped with a pinch of shredded cheddar and a spoonful of cubed ham.

Ham and Cheese Kolache

– 1 lb of ham (I got two 1/2-inch slices from the deli counter) and 4 ounces of shredded cheddar will get you about 20 kolache from a half batch of kolache dough.
– Adding fresh jalapeno slices to the filling is optional. Recommended, but optional.

Check out Emily’s blog for the full recipe and see how the other PPQ members tackled kolache this week.


{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura August 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

I cant wait to make these. Loved them when we were in TX! What a great Sunday breakfast.


2 Christy @ Life of a Modern Housewife August 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

We were first introduced to kolaches when we lived in Houston. What bakery did your parents own? Wonder if I ever stopped in it. We love kolaches!!


3 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I’ve never had kolache before but man am I excited to try these out! And I will most definitely add the jalapeƱos :)


4 Carolyn August 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

My grandmother was of Czech descent and she used to make poppy seed kolache. Haven’t had them in years and I’m excited to try this.


5 Cupcake and Talk August 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am making these for my 4 year old. It will make a good lunch. Thank you for the recipe.


6 Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Holy cow. I haven’t bad a kolache in about 10 years. I think we even had a place in my city called Kolache Station. Oh. Looked it up and it still exists! I’m closer to the Czech Republic than to Texas at this point so I guess I can get my kolache fill there if need be. Although I suppose making these would be much easier. Love the ham and cheese combo!


7 Alfie August 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Oooh wow I love the look of these, you just don’t get this kind of thing in the UK!


8 Jessica August 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

My favorite Kolaches are the sausage, jalapeno and cheese ones. Sadly I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of sausage they use in them. Any ideas?


9 foodiebride August 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

HEB sells jalapeno, sausage, and cheese links that are perfect – sometimes they even have them in small links. Otherwise, I just cut the large links to make them thinner. They’re more similar to “on the grill” links rather than the breakfast sausage links.


10 deb in sc August 29, 2012 at 6:57 am

did you use all of the sugar in the recipe on Emily’s blog for your savory ham and cheese ones? seems to me you would change that a bit….


11 foodiebride August 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

I didn’t reduce the sugar ratio but I did only make half the recipe.


12 Debra August 30, 2012 at 9:33 am

I printed the peach recipe. Now I want to try this version too. Yum.


13 OTA Mom September 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My husband’s family is Czech and I have enjoyed authentic kolaches in the past but never attempted to make them myself. Now I can, thanks! :)


14 Texas Baker February 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have a quick question! I like the way you made the ham & cheese kolaches to look more like a dinner roll- how do you fold it after you have placed the filling in the middle? I am guessing you bake it seam-side down too?

Thank you!!


15 foodiebride February 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Yes – I flatten out into a round, put the filling in the center, and then pull up the edges, pinch, and flip over.


16 Demetria October 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Where can I find the recipe? It is not listed on the site where the link takes me.


17 Shawnda October 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hi Demetria, You can get the recipe for the dough here: http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/11173/


18 Demetria October 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

Great, thanks!


19 Kerstin May 29, 2015 at 11:32 am

Where is the recipe for the dough for the Kolache’s?? Am I just over looking it?


20 Shawnda May 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

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