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Mashed Potato Kolachkes

My husband's Bohemian mother brought a kolachke recipe with her when she came to America. So these rolls are a part of our family's heritage. Other traditional fillings are prune, poppy seed and cottage cheese. —Jan Wagner-Cuda, Deer Park, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup apricot cake and pastry filling
  • 1/3 cup raspberry cake and pastry filling
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk

Directions

  • Place potato in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Mash potato; set aside 1/2 cup (discard or save remaining potato for another use).
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, milk, shortening, 4 tablespoons butter, egg, salt, reserved cooking liquid and mashed potato. Beat in 2 cups flour until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Turn onto a well-floured surface. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes or until almost doubled. Melt the remaining butter.
  • Brush each roll with butter. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully make a 1-inch round indentation in the center of each roll with the back of a spoon. Fill with a rounded teaspoon of filling.
  • Return to oven until lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over warm rolls.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Solo brand cake and pastry filling. Look for it in the baking aisle.
Nutrition Facts
1 kolachke: 161 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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