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How to make it

  • Prepare Cheese Filling:
  • With a grinder or food processor, process cheese.
  • Do not puree or over process.
  • Place egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar in a large bowl.
  • Beat until pale and creamy, at least 10 minutes. Add ground cheese, a little at a time, while beating.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar in 1/4 cup warm water.
  • Let stand 5 to 10 minutes until foamy.
  • Place 1 cup sugar, butter or margarine and eggs in large bowl.
  • Beat until pale and fluffy.
  • Add yeast mixture, 1 pint milk, 2 cups flour and salt.
  • Beat until well blended.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface.
  • Clean and grease bowl.
  • Knead dough until smooth and elastic.
  • Place dough in greased bowl, turning to coat all sides.
  • Cover with a clean damp cloth and let rise in a warm place, free from any drafts, until doubled in bulk.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease side and bottom of a 10 inch spring form pan.
  • Divide dough into thirds.
  • Using your hands, gently press 1/3 of dough evenly over bottom and side of pan.
  • Evenly spread cheese filling over dough lined pan.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out another 1/3 of dough to a 10 inch circle.
  • Place over cheese filling.
  • Gently pat with your hands.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush milk over top of dough.
  • Cut remaining 1/3 dough in 4 even pieces.
  • Shape 3 pieces into long ropes.
  • Braid ropes; apply to outer edge of cake.
  • Using remaining dough, cut desired figures with various cutters or form shapes with your hands.
  • Arrange figures on top of dough as desired.
  • Lightly brush with milk.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes on a rack.
  • Remove from pan and cool completely on rack.
  • Makes 1 (10 inch) cake.

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  • Angowagirl 7 years ago
    looking for a kolacz like my mother in law used to make. This kolacz did not have a filling. It has more like a bread texture, but lighter and sweet. It had raisins and black Russian caroway seeds. It had a million eggs plus egg yolks for color. It seemed to take all day, had to rise twice...There was nor braids or decorations on top. This one is topped with farmer's cheese sprinkled with the seeds and an egg wash. It came out golden and shiny and delicious. slice it like bread, spread with butter, yum, yum, yum! Does anyone know this recipe? I would like to make it for my son's June wedding! Please post or email to Thank you and God Bless!
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    " It was excellent "
    shirleyoma ate it and said...
    This reminds me of cheesecake I had while in Germany, I was told it was from an old recipe and the lady was from Poland... wonder if it is the same.. so different and very good!
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  • ahmed1 10 years ago
    Too much work!! But I am sure This is one of those old recipes that we can't check it without saving.
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  • possumqueen 10 years ago
    Looks like a good one
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