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What is a Kolache?

Czech Please: A Texas Twist on an Authentic Kolache

What is a Kolache? Pronounced “ko-lah-chee”, these Czech pastries are made of a light and fluffy yeast dough and usually filled with fruit. The more traditional flavors include poppyseed and apricot, but a Texan-ized Kolache can be filled with apples, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and beyond. And they’re DELICOUS!

Overtime, Kolaches became synonymous with donut shops and were assumed to be made with doughnut dough, and sometimes filled with meat.  But that’s a giant misunderstanding! Sandy Ferrell, owner of Czech Please, started her bakery after noticing a lack of real, authentic Kolaches in East Texas. Now she’s trying to show East Texas what a real Kolache is, one delicious, homemade pastry at a time.

According to Ferrell, Kolaches are basically healthy donuts. These treats are baked, not fried, and there’s not a lot of added sugar, but they have the perfect amount of sweetness. The fresh fruit center really speaks for itself. There’s no wrong time to eat a Kolache, but they’re typically considered a breakfast pastry.

Czech Please is located at at 1801 Farm to Market Road 1844 in Gilmer.

Right now the hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. or until they sells out.

Kolache and other treat options are limited, so if you want to make sure you get your hands on some go ahead and pre-order or make a reservation. You can do that through their Facebook page.

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Czech Please: A Texas Twist on an Authentic Kolache