Apricot Kolachy Recipe - Traditional Czech Pastry

Apricot Kolachy

Apricot Kolachy Recipe - Traditional Czech Pastry
Region / culture: Czech Republic | Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 24


Apricot Kolachy
Apricot Kolachy

Apricot Kolachy is a delightful pastry that combines the sweetness of apricots with a soft, fluffy dough, creating a treat that's perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. This recipe offers a step-by-step guide to making these traditional pastries, which are sure to become a favorite in your household.


The Apricot Kolachy has its roots in Central and Eastern Europe, where it is a staple in bakeries and households alike. Originally made as a wedding dessert, it has evolved into a popular treat enjoyed on various occasions. The recipe has been passed down through generations, with each adding their own twist to the classic.


How to prepare

  1. Dissolve the yeast in 0.25 cups of warm water.
  2. Add 0.25 cups of sugar and margarine.
  3. When the margarine is soft, add the salt, eggs, lemon extract, 0.5 cups of water, and 3 cups of flour.
  4. Beat until thoroughly blended.
  5. Place on a floured surface and knead in extra flour to make a soft, smooth dough.
  6. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
  7. Meanwhile, cook the apricots in the remaining 0.5 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes, or until softened.
  8. Puree the apricots.
  9. Add the cinnamon and the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar, and mix well.
  10. Cool until needed.
  11. Punch the dough down and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  12. Roll out on a floured surface to approximately 0.5 inch thick and cut into 2-inch circles.
  13. Place a spoonful of the apricot (or prune) puree in the center of each circle.
  14. Place on an oiled baking sheet.
  15. Let rise for 15 minutes.
  16. Bake in a 400°F (204°C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned.


  • For a twist on the classic, try using different fruit fillings such as raspberry, blueberry, or even a sweet cheese mixture. Adding a touch of vanilla or almond extract to the dough can also enhance the flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

For the best results, ensure your yeast is fresh and active to get a good rise on your dough. When kneading the dough, add flour gradually to avoid making it too dry. Letting the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area will also help achieve the perfect texture.

Serving Suggestions

Apricot Kolachy is best served warm, with a dusting of powdered sugar on top. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea for a delightful morning or afternoon treat.

Cooking Techniques

Achieving the perfect dough texture is crucial for this recipe. Kneading the dough until it's smooth and elastic will ensure your Kolachy are soft and fluffy. Be careful not to over-knead, as this can make the dough tough.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you prefer, butter can be used in place of margarine for a richer flavor. For a healthier version, whole wheat flour can replace a portion of the all-purpose flour, though this may affect the texture.

Make Ahead Tips

The dough for Apricot Kolachy can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Simply let it come to room temperature and proceed with the recipe as directed. The apricot filling can also be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Kolachy on a platter, alternating the direction of each for an attractive display. Garnishing with fresh apricot slices or mint leaves can add a touch of elegance.

Pairing Recommendations

A light, fruity white wine or a sparkling cider makes a great accompaniment to Apricot Kolachy, especially if serving them as part of a brunch or dessert.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Kolachy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or refrigerate for up to a week. They can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes or until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A single serving of Apricot Kolachy contains approximately 200 calories. This can vary depending on the size of the pastries and any modifications to the recipe.


Each serving of Apricot Kolachy contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates, primarily from the flour and sugar. The apricots also contribute a small amount of natural sugars.


The margarine in the recipe contributes to the fat content, which is about 5 grams per serving. Using a low-fat margarine can reduce this amount.


Each Apricot Kolachy has about 4 grams of protein, coming from the eggs and a small amount from the flour.

Vitamins and minerals

Apricots are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber. The eggs and flour also add a small amount of various vitamins and minerals.


Common allergens in this recipe include gluten (from the flour) and eggs. Those with sensitivities should take caution.


Overall, Apricot Kolachy is a moderately nutritious option that can fit into a balanced diet. It provides a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins, along with some vitamins and minerals from the apricots.


Apricot Kolachy is a versatile, delicious pastry that's perfect for any occasion. With its soft, sweet dough and flavorful filling, it's sure to please any palate. By following this recipe and incorporating your own personal touches, you can create a treat that's both traditional and uniquely yours.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still remember the exact moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Apricot Kolachy. It was a warm summer day, and I had been browsing through an old cookbook that belonged to my dear friend, Mrs. Jenkins. As I flipped through the pages, my eyes landed on a faded, hand-written recipe for Apricot Kolachy. The words were written in elegant cursive, and I could tell that this was a special recipe that had been passed down through generations.

Mrs. Jenkins had always been known for her delicious baked goods, and I knew that I had to try making these Apricot Kolachy for myself. I asked Mrs. Jenkins about the recipe, and she smiled warmly as she recounted the story behind it.

She told me that the recipe had been given to her by her own grandmother, who had learned it from a dear friend who had immigrated from Hungary. The recipe had been a closely guarded family secret, and Mrs. Jenkins had only recently decided to share it with me. I felt honored and excited to try my hand at making these delectable pastries.

I hurried home that day, eager to get started on my baking adventure. I gathered all the ingredients I needed – flour, butter, sugar, apricot preserves, and a few other simple ingredients. As I mixed the dough and rolled it out, I could feel the connection to the past, to Mrs. Jenkins’ grandmother and her Hungarian friend.

The scent of apricots and butter filled my kitchen as the kolachy baked to a golden brown perfection. I could hardly wait to taste the fruits of my labor. When I finally took a bite of the warm, flaky pastry filled with sweet apricot goodness, I knew that this recipe was truly something special.

I shared the Apricot Kolachy with my family and friends, and they were all amazed at how delicious they were. They begged me for the recipe, but I knew that this was a treasure that I would keep close to my heart.

Over the years, I have made Apricot Kolachy countless times, each batch better than the last. I have shared the recipe with a select few who I knew would appreciate its history and significance. I have even added my own twist to the recipe, sometimes using different fruit preserves or adding a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

But no matter how many times I make Apricot Kolachy, the memories of that warm summer day and Mrs. Jenkins’ kind smile will always be with me. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn this recipe and carry on the tradition of making these delicious pastries. And I hope that one day, I can pass on this recipe to someone special, just as Mrs. Jenkins did for me.

As I sit here now, enjoying a freshly baked Apricot Kolachy with a cup of tea, I can’t help but feel grateful for the culinary journey that led me to this moment. Cooking has always been a way for me to connect with my past, to honor the traditions and recipes that have been passed down to me. And I know that as long as I have this recipe for Apricot Kolachy, I will always have a piece of my heritage to share with the world.


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