Kolaches: Place yeast in a bowl, adding just enough water to dissolve yeast.
Add remaining ingredients (using enough flour to make a fairly stiff dough).
Knead thoroughly. Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
Finish kneading until smooth. Brush with vegetable oil and let rise until
double in size.
Cut dough with tablespoon and form into balls. Place on greased sheet.
Brush with shortening, again, and let rise until double in size.
Make wells in center with fingers, pressing from the inside to the outside.
Put your favorite filling in the center of each and let dough rise again.
Bake at 375 degrees F until brown.
Remove from oven and brush with a mixture of milk and butter. Sprinkle with
Makes about 7 dozen kolaches.
Cream Cheese Filling: Cream the cream cheese and add egg yolk.
Mix cornstarch with sugar, then add to cream cheese. Add vanilla extract. Fills
about 12 kolaches.
Pineapple Filling: Heat pineapple until it starts to boil. Mix
sugar and cornstarch, then add to pineapple. Cook until it thickens. Remove from
heat. Add butter and let cool before using.
Prune Filling: Place dry prunes in just enough water to cover,
bring to boil. Add sugar and cook uncovered until prunes are soft and break apart
easily. Mash. Add cinnamon, butter and vanilla extract. Let cool before filling
Apricot Filling: Bring apricots and syrup to a boil. Add sugar,
then cook until apricots break up easily. Mash. Mix in cornstarch until a little
thick. Add butter and mix together.
Poppy Seed Filling: Combine all ingredients except vanilla extract
and cook slowly until mixture thickens. Add vanilla extract. Let cool before using