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What is a Kolache and Why People in South Dakota Love Them So Much?

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It was, oh, let’s just say several decades ago that I first moved to the great state of South Dakota. And it wasn’t all that long I was here before someone asked if I’d like to come over for a Kolache or two or three.

My response set them aback a bit.

‘A what’?

As it turns out the word ‘Kolache’ was not bantered about too much in the farmhouse kitchen’s of the folks I grew up around in the Leota and Edgerton Minnesota area. Virtually everyone I grew up with was of Dutch heritage (hey, there’s a reason Edgerton High School teams are called the ‘Flying Dutchmen’). Now, you ask me about a ‘rusk’ and I got ya covered. But a Kolache?

Well, having spent all these years now in the Sunshine State, I not only learned about the Kolache, I’ve enjoyed a few over the years. And while I figured this was a uniquely South Dakota favorite, turns out I may have been just a little bit misguided.

While it originated in the Slovak communities of central Europe, you don’t have to travel that far to enjoy your own. I’d think the best place to try this tasty treat (or maybe dessert) Czech Days in Tabor, S.D. But if you’re closer to Montgomery, Minnesota, they call themselves the ‘Kolacky Capital of the World’ and hold their own Kolacky Days. Verdigre and Prague Nebraska have similar claims, while Caldwell and West, Texas also say their the Kolacky capital.

But the question remains: What exactly is a Kolache? Well, one site says it’s ‘a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough’. I’d just add this…they’re good!

Me? Well, I’ll just head over to Tabor…not only do they have great Kolache’s, they have some of the friendliest people in the country. And that is an unbeatable combination!

Oh, and if you’d like to check out exactly what a Kolache is, and would like to make your own, well here’s several different recipe’s to check out and try.

TravelSouthDakota.com & Wikipedia Contributed To This Article 

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