This really could be the perfect weekend. It began with a bouquet of my favorite smells—which in itself was the undoing of what had been a slow passing of my least favorite smell: Izzy’s dumping her displeasure thrice around the house (once in my favorite grey suede boot!) to let us know she does not approve of us vacationing without her over long weekends. Finally, the aroma is under control, and it is the smell of freshly ground Sleepy Monk, of warm cream cheese-filled kolatchen—a Czech delicacy—and of jazz songs stuck in my throat, ready to be sung. Stay tuned, literally, a long awaited recording is born this weekend.
Kolache with Cream Cheese and Currants
Inspired by the Joy of Cooking recipe, embellished by yours truly
Mix 3 c flour and 1-1/2 tsp salt in a bowl
Cut in 1/2 c butter (one stick—I grate the cold butter with a cheese grater)
Blend and add
2 beaten eggs
½ cup sour cream
½ cup plain yoghurt
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Finally, add ¾ cup sourdough starter
Cover and chill 2 hours or more.
I used a square edged tin, and my fanciest of fancy liners because these were for the Calvary guests we hosted for our Film Club. Gran Torino makes me cry every time.
Filling: Beat together 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup of raisins ¾ cup cream cheese and ½ tsp vanilla and mix well.
As seen here, my favorite Sourdough online community– www.sourdoughsurprises.blogspot.com