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“On Saturdays, Mom would pack us five kids into the car, and we’d drive into the country looking for wild apple trees alongside the road. With the apples we picked, she’d bake this strudel, our traditional fall Sunday-morning breakfast.” —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
Four ingredients are all Sally Geipel needs to bake up a batch of these lovely light-as-air muffins that make a sweet breakfast treat. "They're my son's favorite and so simple to make," says the Franklin, Wisconsin cook.
I AM of Czechoslovakian descent, and baking kolaches is my specialty. These sweet yeast buns with fruit or poppy seed filling are a true Czech tradition. They are also popular in other Slavic nations, which sometimes use the spellings kolacky or kolachke. From a young age, I’ve enjoyed baking. But it wasn’t until we retired from farming and moved to town that I started making large quantities of kolaches. The Cherry Kolaches recipe I’m sharing reflects my filling preference. But I also make apricot, apple, pineapple, prune and poppy seed kolaches. I make my fillings from scratch, but you can easily use canned filling instead.
They'll remember these crispy home-baked pastries long after they've licked the last bit of cinnamon-sugar off their fingers! Great with hot coffee, these make a super gift. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
Here is a quick Sunday breakfast I like to whip up before going to church. I created it when trying to duplicate a favorite Danish from the bakery where I worked. We like to prepared with apple pie filling, too.