Learning about the proper use of the word Kolache wasn’t a priority when we moved to Temple in August 2017. When you move here from a town in Montana it takes a while to take it all in under this Texas-sized sky. The three kids, my husband, and I have finally hit our stride though.
Bubba, my youngest, has actually started striding since we moved here. He has also been climbing, and teething. My middle one has blossomed into momma’s best helper. My 9 year old has even grown to where she wears women’s size shoes! My hubby found out he can be right once in a while (He got tickets for a baseball game that I swore would be the worst time ever, and I was so wrong!) I have learned that “bless your heart” is a polite way of telling you that you are an idiot, or an actual compliment. It all depends on who is saying it. I have learned that it’s “Cop-ras Cove” not “Copper-as Cove”. My helpful mailman Matthew explained to me only out-of-staters will say “heb” instead of “H-E-B”. I tracked down where around here has the best caffeine fix. I have even managed to find some ladies who are a kick to hang out with.
However, there is one thing about this area I haven’t fully grasped I need to get back to… The Kolache.
Now sure, I have gone down to the nearby Shipley Do-Nuts with the three kids in tow and ordered a dozen yummy donuts and curiously added a kolache to my order. The lady at the counter assured me that they were tasty treats and that I wasn’t going astray. While they busily worked at getting back in the van I snuck a bite of the new treat to see what it was. It was a deliciously fluffy piece of bread with cheese that was still melty and sausage. Truly, doesn’t get much better. However, then my dear neighbor explained that what I had was not a kolache. I had a klobasnek. The main difference was that a traditional kolache should have a fruit or jam filling, but no meat. Also a kolache should be open not folded closed. Well, now I had some experimenting to do.
I started my search on my local Facebook groups. I asked where to find the best ones around. I heard Top Doughnuts has excellent Jalapeño and cheese ones. I was also told to drive up to West, TX (North of Waco) and go to Czech Stop and their bakery for a true lesson in kolache. They have been promoting Czech heritage and understanding in their area for years. According to their more than 800 Yelp! reviews they are a must.
Then I took my search off the forums and started digging in. Turns out people love kolaches so much there are festivals for them. Apparently in September (according to the site dates are not confirmed) I will be checking out the Burleson Kolache Festival that is held in Caldwell, TX. I mean, how can I not go Czech out a kolache festival? (Did you see what I did there? Haha!) With all of this wonderful info I wanted to try one sooner than later and maybe without a 2-hour drive with kids. So, I figured I would try the bakery next to the Czech Museum here in Temple.
Well, I had the kids all loaded in the van since we had just been out splashing in some water with friends. It was lunch time and I figured what could make for a better excuse to go try these things out? Word to the wise, Kolache are a morning treat. They may have started off as a wedding pastry in the Czech and Slovak areas of Europe, but in Texas they are in high demand bright and early. All the stores closed up about 1:00 in the afternoon and sold out long before then. Oh well, another day perhaps.
The next day is Saturday. No better day to get the kids up and out the door so Daddy can sleep in a little. We spend the typical 20 minutes trying to find the missing shoe. Today it was Bubba’s playing hide-and-seek. Once everyone is dressed and smiling we pile into the van and off we go. Finding the Kolache Kitchen is easy. (Check out their Facebook page here) It is situated in the back left side of the Czech Museum in Temple. There is ample parking, but you will see cars coming and going at frequent intervals. People pop in for some sausages or kolaches. Then they are off on their way again. When we stepped in we were greeted warmly by Cory. She helped us pick and choose what looked yummiest (let’s face it, it all looked yummy). While patiently waiting for my middle one to pick she told us how this location was new in the last year, but that they have been serving up kolaches in Temple since 1984. We settled on a sampling of a cherry, blueberry and a pineapple kolache with a giant cinnamon roll in a bag for Daddy.
All kids voted on them being fabulous. I agree wholeheartedly. They are a flaky pastry with plenty of filling. While they are not large, they are very satisfying. Well, for all except my growing 9 yr old who could eat a dozen by herself. Definitely stop in there the next time you need an easy breakfast.