Happiness Enabler: Baking

I have never met a kolache that didn't bring me joy. 

And baking. Baking almost always makes me happy. For me and a million others, baking is a way to turn negative energy into something constructive. You can bake away a bad mood. At the very least, you can bake some cupcakes to help up the happy. 

Anyway, I thought I'd share my kolache recipe with you so you can go bake some happy. Fill them with whatever your heart desires – scrambled eggs & bacon, BBQ chicken, sausage, jam, WHATEVER. 

Also, this recipe makes a batch of 20. In our house, we eat some and freeze the rest for food throughout the week. If you don't want that many (but really, why wouldn't you?!!?), just adjust the amounts. Enjoy!

What you need:

1⁄2 ounce yeast
1⁄4 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon & 1⁄2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1⁄2 cup butter
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
6 cups flour

What to do:

Dissolve yeast with 1the tablespoon of sugar in the warm water and let it stand about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, scald your milk. Stir in the butter and sugar. Once cool, add salt and eggs.

In a large bowl combine milk and yeast mixtures.

Start adding flour 1 cup at a time till you can work the dough with your hands, usually around 5 1/2 cups. Knead the dough working in the rest of the flour.

Clean and grease your bowl and place the dough in, greasing the top with a little oil. Let it rise until double in bulk.

Divide dough into 20 pieces and wrap your favorite filling in the dough. Make sure it is sealed shut to prevent leaks. Let rise another hour.

Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes.

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