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Ukrainian Christmas Tradition-Kolach Recipe

Updated on November 22, 2011

What Is Kolache?

When it comes to Ukrainian Christmas Tradition and Ukrainian Christmas recipes the next one we should talk a little about is Kolache.

Kolache is a pastry that can be filled with different ingredients at different times of the year. It can be sweets, meat or even fruit. When you see a Kolache you will recognize it as a rounded looking loaf of bread.

In some cultures Kolache is even considered a dessert, or a treat with tea in the afternoon. In Ukraine it is an important dish in one of the 12 traditional dishes at Ukrainian Christmas.

Ingredients For Ukrainian Christmas Kolache

The ingredients that I will give you below is what will be needed to make one nice big loaf of Kolache. When it comes to Ukrainian Christmas Tradition I think you will like Kolache.

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 cup of warm water

2 pouches of dry yeast

3 tablespoons of sugar

2 cups of warmed up milk

2 eggs

1 tablespoon of salt

2-4 tablespoons of oil or melted butter

9 cups of flour


1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon of water

2 tablespoons of dry poppy seeds

Directions To Make Ukrainian Christmas Kolache

1. Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar in water and then sprinkle the yeast over that.

2. Add another teaspoon of sugar, then stir and then let stand for about ten minutes.

3. Next thing you want to do is mix yeast with milk, beaten eggs, salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar, oil and 3 cups of flour.

4. Beat until the mixture is smooth.

5. Put the mixture in a warm place for about an hour. In this time the mixture should become big while it rises.

6. The next step is to mix in the rest of the flour and then knead until dough is smooth. The dough should come away from the bowl easily and should be like elastic.

7. Form the entire thing into a ball and then place entire ball into lightly oiled bowl. You will have to turn the ball once so you can oil the top.

8. At this point you need to cover the dough with a damp towel until the ball is about twice the size.

9. The next step is to knock down the dough and then let it rise a little more.

10. Now you will break the dough into three sections.

11. Next thing is you want a work surface that is covered in flour, next divide one part into three. Each rope should be about 10 inches long and about 1-1/2 inch wide.

12. Braid all three pieces together, starting at the middle and turn all the ends under.

13. Do the same thing to make the other two loaves. Place them all on baking sheets that have been buttered.

14. Keep space between the loaves on the pans as the loaves will end up being twice the size.

15. Cover the loaves with a damp towel and let rise. Once risen to twice the size, rising will be done.

16. Now you will brush on the glaze you made from the eggs and you will sprinkle on the poppy seeds.

17. The next step is to bake in an oven that has been pre heated to 375 degree F.

18. Bake for at least an hour until the loaf is golden brown.

19. If you knock on the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow then you can be quite sure the Kolache is done.

20. Let the loaves cool on the racks before serving.

When you do finally get to bite into this all your child hood memories of your baba and all your aunties cooking in the kitchen will come back. Dont ever let the Ukrainian Christmas Tradition go away. A little bit of effort and fun can go a long way.

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      7 years ago

      One pouch equals 8 grams or one tablespoon or 11 ml or 2 1/4 teaspoons!!

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      7 years ago

      what does 2 pouches of dry yeast work out to be?

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      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I love traditional Ukrainian food! I have several friends that are Ukrainian Catholics, and they make this and other dishes. Great job buddy!

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      7 years ago

      Dale Mazurek: What a clear, informative, useful hub on the way to make sure that kolach is made the way it should! The directions are clear, and the photographs are hunger-inducing. The video at the end is wonderful!

      Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,


    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      That sound delicious and definitely will try it. That video brought back a lot of memories. Not the play but the surroundings. What a beuatiful world lost and what have we got now?

    • Dale Mazurek profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Mazurek 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much pmccray. In the next couple of weeks I hope to have all the traditional recipes done as hubs.

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      7 years ago from Utah

      Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. Voted up, marked useful, interesting, awesome and book marked.


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