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Question About True Kolaczki

Discussion in 'Cooking and Culinary Arts' started by Phoebe Ann, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Phoebe Ann

    Phoebe Ann From Mormonism to Christ Supporter

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    Here is the Kolaczki cutter:

    Cookie Cutter Kolaczki.jpg

    How should I fold the dough? I can't find a photo.
     
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    The kolachki my mom makes is a big walnut roll; the little folded one's we call kieflees (not sure how to spell that, but my tablet tried to autocorrect it to lifeless :eek:).

    To my understanding, you told it however you want to find it; as long as the dough is at about the same thickness, it should cook fine. Try making a tray of different folding styles, using a toaster oven if you want to just try a few.

    And I've never seen a specific cutter for dough like that; we just use one of those rolly plastic cutters, or even a metal butter knife.

    Good luck, God bless, and send us some when they are ready!:D
     
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  4. Phoebe Ann

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    The problem is I bought that cookie cutter and don't understand how to fold the dough! The kolaczki I'm thinking of are small with jam filling.

    As for Kifli, the ones I make are made with ground walnuts and almond flavoring. They taste better to me than any other cookie I've ever had! A Serbian Orthodox lady used to make them for us.


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    Thanks, those are great links --- but I don't see my cookie cutter.
     
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    So we have reverse ideas of kolaczki & kiflis...it's so strange & kinda cool how the traditions from the Old Country can become so diverse!

    So I have to ask...are your pierogis small or large? My mom knows pierogis as little things, where you can eat 6 for lunch. She always knew them like that, until my dad (also Polish) said that 2 pierogis fill him up!

    And what do you fill them with? My mom only knew potato pierogis, and my dad only knew cheese or kraut pierogis, until they met up.

    Peace & all good things!
     
  7. Phoebe Ann

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    Kifli are small. This is my recipe, but I roll the dough to about an eight inch circle and cut pie-shaped wedges.
    Kifli means crescents.

    Kifli (no yeast)
    Yield: 6 Dozen

    Dough:
    4 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
    2 cups butter or margarine
    4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
    1 cup sour cream

    Filling:
    1 1/4 lb shelled walnuts (about 5 Cups), ground
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    1 tablespoon almond extract

    Glaze:
    1 large egg, beaten
    Confectioners' sugar

    Make dough: in a large bowl, place flour and butter. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg yolks and sour cream; stir with a fork until combined.

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board or pastry cloth. Knead dough with your hands until it is smooth and can be shaped into a ball. If dough is too sticky, knead in more flour. If desired, wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

    Make filling: in a medium-sized bowl, place ground walnuts, granulated sugar, milk and almond extract. Using a wooden spoon, stir in walnut mixture until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

    Preheat oven to 400F. Grease baking sheets with solid vegetable shortening.

    To shape Kifli: divide dough into quarters; wrap three of quarters separately in plastic wrap and put in fridge. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining quarter of dough to a 15" x 12" rectangle that is 1/8" thick.

    Using a pastry wheel, cut rectangle of dough into 3-inch squares. Place a heaping teaspoon of walnut filling in center of each square; bring one corner of dough over filling to opposite corner; pinch edges together.

    Place Kifli on baking sheets; brush with beaten egg. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Remove from baking sheet. Fill bottom of a pie plate with confectioners' sugar. Roll Kifli in sugar. Let cool on wire racks. Repeat steps with remaining three quarters of dough.
    Source: McCall's Cooking School: Desserts/Cookies

    Now some photos to see how they usually turn out:

    Cookies Kifli.jpg Cookies Kifli 2.jpg

    I pull mine into more of a crescent shape.
     
  8. Phoebe Ann

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    I have no Eastern European ancestry --- I just love the food. The only pierogis I've had were potato ones from the grocery freezer section.

    I like stuffed cabbage rolls and Hungarian Goulash with Galuska. I don't eat potatoes, tomatoes or peppers anymore. It was hard to give them up, but they cause inflamation if you have arthritis. I also like stuffed grape leaves.
     
  9. Phoebe Ann

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    I'm pretty sure I figured out how to fold Kolaczki made with that cutter. I end up with a small opening in the center where the jam peeks through.
     
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    Congratulations :)
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  11. Phoebe Ann

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    Roll Kolacky dough to desired thickness on floured board. Cut out dough with cutter. Place kolacky on prepared cookie sheet. Dot center of each with desired filling. Fold the 4 narrow cut ends over and back to form a diamond-shaped ridge encircling filling. Bake as recipe directs. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

    I like directions that have drawings or photos of the end results.
     
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    I think you just passed the official Polish citizenship test.

    Gratulacje, jesteĊ› teraz Polakiem !!!
    OB
     
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  15. Phoebe Ann

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    You're on a roll! Get it?

    Comic Person on a roll.jpg
     
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