This post is sponsored by my long-term partner, Truvia.
Looking for a delicious breakfast or dessert that is both low in sugar and satisfying? Look no further than fruit kolaches! Kolaches are a type of pastry that originated in the Czech Republic but have become popular worldwide.
They can be made with various fillings, but fruit kolaches are especially popular due to their sweet and tangy flavor. Kolaches are a delicious breakfast pastry that can be enjoyed with either sweet or savory fillings.
When made ahead, they’re perfect for those mornings when you want something a little special but don’t have the time to make a big production out of breakfast. And, since mine are made with cream cheese, Truvia Sweet Complete All-Purpose Granulated Sweetener, and a fresh, homemade strawberry jam, they’re lower in sugar and diabetes-friendly.
I think you’ll love this low-stress recipe, so read on, and let me know if you give it a try!
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What is a Kolache?
A kolache is a yeasted sweet dough popular in Central and Eastern Europe. It is typically filled with fruit, cheese, or meat and then baked until lightly golden brown. In recent years, kolaches have also become popular in the United States.
There are many variations of kolaches, but the most common are the Czech and Polish kolache.
Czech vs. Polish Kolache
The main difference between Czech kolaches and Polish kolaches is the filling. Czech kolaches are typically filled with fruit or jam, while Polish kolaches are typically filled with cheese or meat.
Czech kolaches are also generally smaller than Polish kolaches.
I grew up in Texas, so I’m used to the Polish version. We stuff our kolaches with sausage or eggs, and like most things in Texas – our kolaches are huge!
How are these kolaches diabetes-friendly?
While I made a traditional yeasted dough for these kolaches, there were two things I changed.
I used Truvia Sweet Complete in my sweet dough and filling rather than traditional sugar. Truvia Sweet Complete Granulated Sweetener bakes and browns like sugar in recipes but doesn’t have the calories. That is always a bonus for me, as I love enjoying my favorite sweet treats while making them diabetes-friendly and knowing that Truvia will help me keep the recipe as close to the original recipe as possible.
The result is a pillowy and sweet pastry, just as tasty as it’s meant to be.
How to make Texas Strawberry and Cream Cheese Kolaches
Mix the water, yeast, and honey in a large bowl.
Set aside for 5-6 minutes or until the yeast starts to bubble.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix, turn your mixer on low speed to incorporate the yeast mixture, and then add egg, half-and-half, melted butter, Truvia Sweet Complete Granulated All-Purpose Sweetener and salt until it’s fully mixed.
Remove the paddle attachment and swap it with your dough hook. Slowly add your flour and beat on low until blended; your dough should be wet and sticky but starting to form.
Knead until the dough doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl, and the sides of your bowl are completely clean.
If your dough is too wet to form into a ball, keep adding flour 1 tablespoon at a time, gradually until it comes to the right consistency.
Remove the dough from the bowl and form it into a ball.
Coat a bowl with melted butter and place the dough in a greased bowl so your dough doesn’t stick.
Cover with a warm towel and let rise until doubled – about two hours.
Punch down the dough to release the air.
Divide dough into 10 portions.
Flatten the dough balls and form a well in the center of each.
Fill each well with 1 tablespoon of filling of your choice.
Brush with half-and-half.
Bake at 425F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
Let rest for 5 minutes then enjoy! Careful – they’re hot!
The Strawberry Jam Filling
In a medium saucepan, add in 2 cups of whole strawberries, 1/4 cup cornstarch slurry, 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger and 1/2 cup of Truvia Sweet Complete All-Purpose Granulated Sweetener.
Cook the mixture until it reduces by half, and thickens. The mixture will also turn deeper in color.
Set aside, it will continue to thicken as it cools.
The Cream Cheese Filling
In a stand mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, Truvia Sweet Complete Granulated All-Purpose Sweetener, and vanilla on high speed, and incorporate until fluffy.