kolache is a wonderful pastry made
by those who are of Czech ancestry.
following are descriptions of kolache from books
about the Czech Texans:
Czech people are famous for their pastries, one of which is the
kolache...The fillings--poppyseed, pineapple, apricot, cottage
cheese and prune are prepared before baking. No one uses a recipe.
Kolaches are made from a formula handed down from generation to
generation in Czech families."
(The Texians and the Texans:
The Texas Czechs, University of Texas, Institute of Texas Cultures
at San Antonio, page 31);
the only Czech word that many Texans know is koláč
--the term for the famous circular tart made of double-risen dough
whose center is topped or filled with a sweet sauce made of "mák"
(poppyseed), cottage cheese, prunes, peaches, or other fruit
(Krásná Amerika: A Study of
the Texas Czechs, 1851--1939, by Clinton Machann and James W.
Mendl and published by Eakin Press, Austin, Texas; 1983.)
In the Czech language, one (of
these pastries) is called a Kolač:
the little "v" (called a hacek) over the last letter makes it sound like
The plural: "Kolaches" in
English and "Kolaché" in Czech.
According to some sources, the
word Kolač is related to a
word meaning "pocket," describing the way the fillings are tucked into
the middle of a sweet roll. A Czech dictionary defines
Kolač as "the national sweet
Two of the most popular fillings
are poppyseed--Mak (pronounced like "mock") to make
Makóvey Kolaché and prune--Slive
to make Slivkóvy Kolaché.