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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sweet Sausage n' Cheese Kolaches aka Pigs in a Blanket

 Kolaches are definitely a staple in Texas doughnut shops, there are so many varieties of these sweet bread snacks. They can also be frozen* for a quick snack or breakfast.

1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages of yeast
2 eggs beaten
5 cups all purpose flour
1 package cocktail weenies (any variety, I use cheese filled)
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

1. Heat milk, sugar, salt, and butter until sugar and salt is dissolved. Set aside to cool till lukewarm.

2. In a small bowl mix warm water and yeast until well combined, cover with a towel and let rest for 5 minutes.

3. In a large bowl combine milk mixture with yeast and water mix, to that add in beaten eggs and whisk till smooth; add flour in 3 additions mixing well after each addition. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.

4. Knead dough until it is no longer sticky and is elastic. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place until dough has doubled in size (about 1 hour).

5. Divide dough into 32 balls, roll out into circles about 3-4 inches in diameter.

6. Place a pinch of cheese in the center of each dough circle, then 1 sausage. Fold like a burrito.

7. Transfer to kolaches to the parchment lined baking sheet, brush the tops with melted butter and bake for 5 minutes, brush the kolaches with butter again and return to baking for 5 more minutes they should be a golden brown, let them cool for 10 minutes.

Cheese. Sausage.

*Freezing Instructions: Once cooled, wrap kolaches individually in plastic wrap. Freeze in a freezer ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Great for a quick snack or breakfast, just unwrap and microwave for about 2 minutes a kolache.*

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