I had already been thinking about a trip to the new Bon Appetit when Tom emailed me a photo and a report about Kolache Kreations:
A kolache (also known as kolacky, kolach or kolace and don't even get started on how it's supposed to be pronounced: Ko-LATCH, Ko-LAHTCH-see, Ko-LOCK-eh etc., ad infinitum) is a Czech pastry consisting of a light bread roll/biscuit hybrid either topped with fruit and sweets (apple, cherry, cream cheese etc.) or surrounding a sausage/pepper filling like a miniature pepperoni roll. They are especially popular in Texas, Oklahoma and parts of the midwest where eastern European families settled.
I had read about them, but until this last week had never tried them. A young couple (Ileana Fernandez and her husband, whose name I didn't catch) from Texas have opened a small bakery specializing in the toothsome treats on Frederick Road at the old consignment shop at Kiwanis-Wallas fields in Ellicott City. They also sell other confections including cinnamon rolls, cakes by the slice, coffee, bubble teas, smoothies and ice cream.
The kolaches are much denser than an ordinary flaky danish and not as sweet, and still warm from the oven on a Saturday morning they are a little round bite of heaven (they also reheat well in the microwave). If you're a hungry expatriate Texan or just a lover of good baked goods I heartily recommend this place.Sunday morning I rushed out to confirm Tom's report. Kolache Kreations is a small building about a half-block off Rte 40. In one room, they have set up a casual bakery. In the other, they're selling a mix of jewelry, candles, toys and other gift items. They even have a heater on the porch so you could warm yourself with coffee and a treat on a brisk day.
Next time, I'll go sweet. Tom wrote that the fruit-topped kolache were delicious and even reheated well. The blueberry ones looked luscious, and they were right out of the oven on Sunday morning. I only passed because I had already eaten a red bean donut at Bon Appetit. Kolache Kreations had other breakfast pastries, along with bubble teas and ice cream. So they'll be cozy in this season, then refreshing when the heat returns. Please let the heat return one day.
(Update: See the comments below about the many varieties -- and about special orders.)
10455 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
NEAR: Kolache Kreations is just off Rte 40 west of Bethany Lane. Frederick Road intersects with Rte 40 twice, so there are actually two traffic lights where you can turn onto Frederick Road. Kolache sits just north of the western intersection. It's in sight from the turn lane if you're coming west from Rte 29.