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Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches

 Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches
I've been baking for 50 years. Since my granddaughter loves cherry cheesecake, I decided to try to put that kind of filling in kolaches— a traditional Czech pastry. It worked great, and now friends and relatives ask me to bring these kolaches to every get-together.
18 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup mashed potatoes (without added butter or milk)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 12 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the milk, butter,
  • sugar, potatoes, egg yolks and salt; beat until smooth. Add enough
  • flour to make a very soft dough. Do not knead. Place in a greased

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Cherry Cheesecake Kolaches (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place
  • until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; cover and let
  • rest for 10 minutes. Roll out about 1/4 cup of dough into a rope
  • about 8-9 in. long. Tie in a knot; tuck one end on top and the other
  • end under bottom of knot. Repeat with remaining dough. Place in
  • greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Make a deep depression
  • in each roll.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, lemon peel and
  • vanilla. Spoon 1 tablespoon into each roll. Make an indentation in
  • cream cheese filling; top each with 2 to 3 cherries from the pie
  • filling (discard remaining cherry sauce or save for another use).
  • Let rise until almost doubled, about 40 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks to cool. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over
  • kolaches. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 290 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.