Christy's Donuts
and Kolaches

12.27.2023, culture, photos by Ana Tellez

    The original kolache or kolach is a Central European sweet yeast roll filled with fruit jam or poppy seed spread. Czech immigrants took the traditional recipe in the late 1800s to the port of Galveston and into Texas. They settled in different towns, built churches and held kolache festivals. In 1952, the first kolache bakery, The Village Bakery, opened. The bakery began to produce klobasniki (little sausage in Czech), the savory version of kolaches. Kolaches and klobasniki quickly grew in popularity and evolved into breakfast staples in Texas. Today, all derivations, both sweet and savory are referred to as kolaches. The Texan commonday kolache is a bread roll varying in fillings and flavors: spicy Polish sausage, scrambled eggs and bacon, barbecue, jalapeño sausage, ham and cheese, huevos rancheros, apple pie, blueberry cream cheese…
    We recently tried delicious and inexpensive kolaches at Christy’s Donuts & Kolaches in Houston. The small bakery is open from 4:30am and bakes kolaches and donuts non-stop until around 2pm. Try the sausage and cheese kolaches (ask for them warm), glazed donuts and apple fritters.

Christy’s Donuts & Kolaches
1103 W Gray St Suite C, Houston, TX 77019

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