Within a few days of booking my flight home to TX, my March Gourmet had an article about Central Texas kolaches in Good Living: Road Food. I always knew about The Village Bakery in West, Texas (yes, the town of West not the directional region) because it was on the 1-35 route between Ft. Worth and Waco that I traveled many times sophomore year. But I had forgotten that the Czechs had settled in areas with the Germans in Central Texas, including La Grange where we were staying the night before heading south to Shiner. After mentioning to my friends that I was going to have to try out a bunch of Kolaches, I realized that Kolaches aren’t a commonly known thing in the Northeast (CT, PA) Georgia or Missouri. Who knew?

We first tried out the goods at Weikel’s Store and Bakery on the 71 bypass but we had heard from a local that theses were just not the best in town.

I tried a cheese, poppy-seed and cheery. The dough was just like I remembered a kolache tasting and I did enjoy the cheese. However, the poppy-seed was just a little odd in my opinion.

The next morning, we hit up the “better” bakery on the square surrounding the courthouse. Lukas was the real deal.

We decided to stock up on a bunch of their famous pigs in the blanket, which I currently have in the freezer for a rainy day. We also bought some homemade Krenek’s Bohemian Noodles which I will have to find a worthy soup to toss them in. But of course, we had to try the kolaches.

These were fantastic. They had a greater filling to dough ratio which made for a more satisfying treat. You could also tell that they used real fruit because they weren’t overly sweet and were more complex.

My favorite was the cheese. It was almost a cottage cheese with a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. Fantastic.

Dear Gourmet, this is where you should go for kolaches in La Grange.

My Mom enjoyed the apricot. If you ever find yourself wanting to spend a day exploring La Grange and the other small towns in central TX, make sure to hit up Lukas Bakery for breakfast. You won’t regret it.

15 responses to “Kolaches

  1. Ah! We live in Waco, near West, and the Village Bakery is my absolute favorite… their cinnamon rolls are to die for! We even served them at our wedding reception (we had a morning wedding). Yum!

  2. Oh my gosh! That looks delicious. What beautiful pictures too!

  3. I love Kolaches! I’m 50% polish and my grandmother always makes them from scratch — so delicious!

    I’ve been a lurker on your blog for awhile and I just wanted to say hi!!

    I recently started a blog of my own, please check it out if you get a moment πŸ˜‰

  4. oh boy! those look fantastic!

  5. Wow, those kolaches look great! They would make a perfect breakfast, and but they, I mean the apple one, the cottage cheese one, and the apricot one, and… πŸ˜€

  6. Oh my gosh, so tasty and so much fun. I love bakeries!

  7. These photos are so beautiful. I enjoyed that article and am glad to see you tracked down the real deal.

  8. Ooh, I love baked goods and these photos are making me want to hit up my local bakery! Don’t think they have kolaches, though…bummer!

  9. Thanks Tim. It is amazing what a little natural light in the car can do πŸ™‚

  10. Thanks Courtney. I am slowly getting better at using my bf’s “fancy” camera.

  11. Drooooooooooooooooooooool….I LOVE KOLACHES. I’m so excited you posted about them! Also, lovely pictures. I love good photography!!

  12. I’m originally from Houston, but went to school at UT in Austin. I stop in La Grange every time I make the drive between the two cities. Your post made me smile πŸ™‚

  13. I’m glad I can bring back good memories πŸ™‚ The drive from Houston to Austin really is a good one.

  14. I fell in love with Kolache’s in Texas too…now that I’m in Miami I’m making them myself and catering them! I’ve finally perfected the recipe and boy do people love them!


  15. I grew up in La Grange going to Lukas Bakery and I still love it as an adult. Love it. Come back soon and get some more.

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