Have you heard of kolaches before? They are prominent in a few areas in the United States and originate in central europe. We are very lucky to have a kolache bakery nearby called Cafe Kolache. It offers sweet and savory kolache of all different varieties. If you live near Beaver, PA, I suggest you make a trip.
I decided to roll my kolache dough into a cinnamon roll style treat. Mostly it is because of my love of Nutella. This way you get a more even dispersal of Nutella. I added a few chopped hazelnuts for texture.
Chocolate Hazelnut Kolaches make a great breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Or maybe even a special after school treat.
Chocolate Hazelnut Kolache
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Ingredients (6 kolaches)
- 1 1/8 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1/8 cup water (105-115 degrees)
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup milk (scald and cool to lukewarm)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 jar Nutella
- 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in sugar and water. Sprinkle the yeast on top and allow to stand for 10 minutes or until foamy. Begin mixing with the dough hook attachment. Add the butter, egg yolk, and milk. Add the flour and combine until the dough comes together. Add the salt and continue to mix for about 5 minute, adding flour as needed.
Put the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a dish towel and place in a cold oven with a small pot of boiling water. Allow the dough to proof in the oven for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface to make a large rectangle. Spread Nutella over the dough and sprinkle with some hazelnuts. Roll the dough and cut it into 6 rolls. Place in the oven and allow to rise for 30 more minutes. Remove from the oven. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Brush with butter. Top with a dollup of Nutella and sprinkle with hazelnuts. Bake for 12-18 minutes. Serve when hot.