The "Silver Fox" a.k.a. hubby has been in school full-time toward a RN degree and working full-time for the past three years. He has the summer off, so we are knee deep in 3 years worth of projects, but we are also going to have some fun this summer. I suggested to him, that we have fun 1 day a week and he fired up for that as well. We took off to Cedar Rapids and the Czech Village a few days ago. We have never been there, but knew they had been heavily damaged in the flood of 2007, so really didn't know if there was anything left to see.
Rose Fisher Weaver, my Great-Grandmother..... seated with her classmates in Chicago, 1894. I remember my Grandma K. telling me about members of Rose's family getting training to sell sewing machines while they lived there for their income. I always thought that was very interesting and loved that story.
We had to partake of the kolaches. I had a strawberry one and Jeff enjoyed the cherry. I remember my Great-Grandma W. making them when I was a kid. And yes they were as good as they looked and they had a numerous fillings to chose from.
Here is a recipe I found among my grandma's collection:
2 c. milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. yeast
5 1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. shortening
1 t. salt
Warm milk to luke warm; add to beaten eggs and sugar. Stir in yeast. Add half of the flour. Add shortening and salt; stir well. Sift in remaining flour and beat till smooth and bubbles form on top. The more you beat, the better the dough. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Take out and form balls the size of a walnut. Put on greased pan. Let rise for about an hour in a warm place. Make indentations and fill with your favorite filling. Let rise again and about 1/2 hour. Bake in oven at 400 for 10 minutes.
Poppy Seed Filling
1/2 c. poppy seed
1 T butter
2 T honey
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. chopped almonds
Mix everything but the almonds in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly 5 minutes. Cool. Add almonds.