Caldwell Kolache Festival

Come be Czech for a day at the 27th Annual Kolache Festival, Saturday, September 10, in Caldwell.

Kolaches, the original Czech wedding pastry, are a favorite national dessert throughout Czechoslovakia. The art of baking Kolaches came with the early immigrants to Burleson County.

The Kolache Festival is a celebration of the revitalization of Czech heritage. A county that was basically a Czech settlement realized their precious identity was slipping away. New generations did not know the language, the music or the art of their ancestors. Not only does the festival grasp at the past, but it hurries to share the history–to bring into today’s focus the beauty, talent, and delight of the Czech people. 

Kolache Eating Contest

Come to the Kolache Festival and learn the wonderful Czech philosophy. See the technique of stenciling, basket weaving, egg decorating, quilting, woodcraft, carving, sculpturing. Dance to the polka, and sing the songs of the musician. Taste the true ethnic food and lend your soul to the fulfillment of the Czech cultural heritage.

Activities for kids make it a fun day for the entire family.

Admission is free. Visit the website for more info and schedule of events.

Claudia Matcek’s State Grand Champion Poppy Seed Kolaches


2 pkgs. dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 1/4 cups sifted flour
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter or oleo
1 cup flour sifted Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and let stand. Heat milk in saucepan until pretty hot to touch, almost scalding. Remove from heat and stir in butter or oleo and 1/2 cup sugar. Cool to lukewarm and add yeast mixture. In large bowl combine salt and 5 1/4 cups flour. Add the yeast and milk mixture to flour and mix. Mix in egg yolks. Mix in enough of last cup of flour for desired texture. (“So it’s workable, not too sticky to take out of bowl and knead.”) Most of the time I use the whole cup. Knead on floured board until glossy. Grease bowl. Put dough in bowl, rolling it around to grease dough. Cover and let it rise in warm place until double in bulk. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut into individual kolaches with biscuit cutter. Place on greased pan so not quite touching. Brush with softened butter or oleo and let rise again covered until light to touch. Make indention in each and fill with filling of your choice. Bake in 375 degree oven until brown, about 25 minutes. Remove and brush with softened butter or oleo.

Poppy Seed Filling:

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup ground poppy seed
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon butter or oleo Heat milk and when it boils add sugar, flour and poppy seed, stirring vigorously. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and then add vanilla. Cool filling before adding to kolaches dough. Spoon about one teaspoon filling in each kolache


2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons oleo
4 tablespoons milk Combine ingredients. Spoon over kolaches while still warm.

One Response to “Caldwell Kolache Festival”
  1. Kimberley says:

    MMMM, going to have to try this!

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