Recipe: Refrigerator Dough for Czech Desserts & Snacks

Makes 1 large batch of dough for…

- 2 dozen Sweet Prune Buns/Kolaches (Slivkové Koláče)
– a dozen Spicy Kielbasa Buns/Klobasneks/Klobasnikis (Klobásové Buchty)

Refrigerator Dough takes the stress out of party prep work. This Czech recipe is slightly sweet and tender.

According to LaVina Vanorny-Barcus, in My Czech Heritage Cookbook, there are four ways to shape this dough. The first three are for sweets, the last one is for savory, or Klobasneks.

1. Cut a square; add filling in the center, then bring the four corners together over the top of filling. Pinch to seal. Let rise and bake.

2. Cut a rectangle; spread with filling, then roll up like a cinnamon roll. Cut log into discs. Take discs and pinch the two sides to hide the filling. Bake.

3. Make small balls with dough. Let rise, then press the center down with thumb or fingers until it looks a bit like a doughnut. Fill indentation with filling, let rise again, and bake.

4. Cut a rectangle – spread with meat filling. Roll up and pinch ends. Let rise, then bake.


4 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
5 – 5 1/2 cups flour


Mix yeast, milk, and sugar. Let sit about 5 minutes, or until yeast becomes frothy.

Add in salt, butter, eggs, and flour.

Mix for 10 minutes.

Splash some warm milk into the bowl of a standing mixer.

Add in bunches of yeast! “Hello little yeasties… looking forward to seeing your work!”

“Here’s some sugar for your effort…”

What? You don’t talk to yeast?

Oh well. Set the mixture aside for five minutes so the yeast can get frothy. (If it doesn’t get frothy, your yeast might be bad. Try again)

Meanwhile, melt the butter and…

add it to the yeast mixture when lukewarm.

Crack in an egg – look at this gorgeous yolk!

Add the salt…

And 5 cups of flour… only add the rest if the dough seems really wet.

This is how it should look: soft and a little moist. Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover really well with plastic wrap.

Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Mine sat for almost 14 hours…

What can I say. I’m slow moving in the morning… especially on Saturdays. The dough will be fine whenever you take it out (10-14 hours), as long as it is doubled in size.

Use it to make the following Czech treats and snacks:

Spicy Kielbasa Buns/Klobasneks/Klobasnikis (Klobásové Buchty)


Sweet Prune Buns/Kolaches (Slivkové Koláče)

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  1. Oh thank you ! I will try this as soon as I’m better (I’m at home with a fever and a sore throat) and try to fill it with poppy seeds ! I can’t wait !

  2. I love the look of those prune buns! I am a big stuffed prune fan and often put prunes in fruit cakes. Yummy!

  3. Nancy Nemecek Dennis says:

    I am a third generation Czech Texan and my mother never taught me to cook either. My husband LOVES sausage kolaches so I can’t wait to try this!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Yay! I’m so glad to help you recreate family traditions, although I’m sure your moms was best ;) Let us know how they come out… have fun!

    • It might be because these recipes are not really Czech, the soup is Polish :-) Otherwise really nice and inspiring blog.

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