A Texas kolache is a type of pastry that originated from the Czech Republic and has become popular in the state of Texas, particularly in the central part of the state. It is a sweet or savory pastry consisting of a light, fluffy, and slightly sweet dough that is typically filled with various ingredients.
Traditionally, kolaches were made with yeast dough and filled with fruit preserves such as apricot, poppy seed, or prune. However, in Texas, the kolache has evolved to include a wide variety of fillings, both sweet and savory. Common sweet fillings include fruit preserves, cream cheese, poppy seed, or sweetened cottage cheese. Savory fillings often include cheese, sausage, ham, bacon, or jalapeños.
Texas kolaches are typically round in shape and can be small or large, depending on the size of the filling. They are often topped with a streusel or crumb topping and may be glazed with sweet syrup or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
In Texas, kolaches have become a popular breakfast or snack item, and you can find them in many bakeries, cafes, and even specialized kolache shops throughout the state. They are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike and have become a beloved part of Texan cuisine.