Czech Kolache Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1/2 cup warm water
<br>- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
<br>- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
<br>- 1/2 cup white sugar
<br>- 1 teaspoon salt
<br>- 1/2 cup melted shortening
<br>- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
<br>- 2 eggs
<br>- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 2 egg yolks
<br>- 3 tablespoons white sugar
<br>- 1/8 teaspoon salt
<br>- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 cup raisins
<br>- 2 cups cottage cheese
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Pour yeast into 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.  Set aside to soak.
<br>step 2: In a separate bowl mix together 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt.  Add 1/2 cup melted shortening and 2 cups sifted flour.  Beat well.  Add in 2 beaten eggs and yeast mixture and mix well.  Set aside to rest until bubbly and spongy.
<br>step 3: Add 3 1/2 cups of flour and blend well.  Set aside to rise for 1 hour.  Punch down and let rise again for 1 hour.
<br>step 4: To Make Filling:  Beat together 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup of raisins.  Add cottage cheese and mix well.
<br>step 5: Pinch off 1 inch balls from dough and press an indentation in the center of each.  Put filling in.   Let rise 15 minutes, then bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) until golden -  12-18 minutes.
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Ingredients
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup melted shortening
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups cottage cheese

Directions
step 1: Pour yeast into 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Set aside to soak.
step 2: In a separate bowl mix together 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1/2 cup melted shortening and 2 cups sifted flour. Beat well. Add in 2 beaten eggs and yeast mixture and mix well. Set aside to rest until bubbly and spongy.
step 3: Add 3 1/2 cups of flour and blend well. Set aside to rise for 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again for 1 hour.
step 4: To Make Filling: Beat together 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup of raisins. Add cottage cheese and mix well.
step 5: Pinch off 1 inch balls from dough and press an indentation in the center of each. Put filling in. Let rise 15 minutes, then bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) until golden - 12-18 minutes.

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