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Kolaches

Growing up, my mother used to make my brothers and I the classic “Pigs in a Blanket.” We loved this simple and delicious recipe. (DO NOT FORGET THE KETCHUP)

We all would get so excited with we would be at the grocery store with mom and she would grab the Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough. We would smile to each other and our stomach would jump for joy. She then would grab the hot dogs and all the other needed items for the house. Once we arrived home, and the groceries were put up, my mom and I would start dinner. I loved to help her unwrap the crescent rolls and wrap each hot dog. It was nice to have these moments with my mother.

After the “Pigs in a Blanket” had been baked, they never seemed to last long. We would never have leftovers and we would always had to buy more ketchup. When I moved in with my husband, I brought over this recipe and we would eat this at least once a week. As time when on, and my cooking/baking skills became better, and learning about additives and processed foods, I started to want something better for this classic recipe. My husband brought up one night to find my own, without all the additives. The mission was on, and after several trials and errors, I found my own classic “Pigs in a Blanket” that I actually turned into Kolaches.

Now, you first want to make the bread. I always use my “Heavenly Angel Biscuits” recipe.

Once you start your dough, cook your sausage (cut in half-makes sausage not as dense and more consistent) for 30 minutes at 350F. If you are going to cook with hotdogs, do not cook. While it bakes in the oven with the bread, it will cook.

Kolaches 

(1/2 of Bread Recipehttp://www.mmmliving.com/2012/12/26/lets-make-some-bread/)

Sausage (of choice, I recommend kielbasa brand-best flavor & best consistency)

12 slices of your favorite Cheese (My hubby loves Pepper Jack Cheese from HEB)

1. Place wax paper or cooking spray on two cookie sheets.

2. Preheat oven 350 F. Follow bread instructions as directed. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 to 40 minutes. (Once your sausage has cooked, let cool for 10-15 minutes.)

4. Once the dough has rested for the set time, separate dough into 12 pieces. One at a time, roll out the dough (with extra flour) and place your slice of cheese (make sure it is in the center and not out of the bread), then fold the edges of the bread over the cheese (so cheese does not overload and spread out). Lastly, place your sausage and roll the bread into a kolache form.

5. Place kolaches on prepared cookie pan and cover with plastic wrap. You want to let it rise for a few minutes. (Rise period 5- 15 minutes). You then want to place the cookie sheets into heated oven (one on top rack and the other on the second rack). Cook for 6-7 minutes.

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(dough ready to rest before it is baked)

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(up close and personal)
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(let the dough rise some)

6. After 6-7 minutes remove cookie sheets and place on the other rack (1st to 2nd, 2nd to 1st) and cook for another 6-10 minutes.

7. Once the bread turns light brown, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

8. After cooling for a few minutes, place kolaches on cooling rack and let rest for 10 minutes.

9. ENJOY! (BRING THE KETCHUP!)

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I warn you, this recipe is delicious! I cook it on a regular basis for my husband and his coworkers. They now make special requests for me to cook this once every other week (at least).  

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