Don't overwork the dough. You can use a cookie scoop for easy portioning in Step 4, if desired.
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Total: 10 Hours, 10 Minutes
- 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons table salt
- 2 large eggs
- 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 3 (6-oz.) containers fresh blueberries (about 3 cups)
- 1/3 cup blueberry preserves
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut up
- 1. Combine yeast and warm water in a bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
- 2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1 1/3 cups sugar and 2 1/2 tsp. salt. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in yeast mixture.
- 3. Add 8 1/2 cups flour to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- 4. Shape dough into 35 (2-inch) balls (about 1/4 cup per ball), using floured hands. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on 2 lightly buttered baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
- 5. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together blueberries and preserves. Combine 1/3 cup flour and next 2 ingredients with a pastry blender until crumbly. Press thumb into each dough ball, forming an indention; fill each with 1 Tbsp. berry mixture. Sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
- To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3; chill 8 to 24 hours. Proceed as directed in Steps 4 and 5.
- Mango Kolaches: Prepare as directed, substituting 2 cups chopped fresh mango for blueberries and 1/3 cup peach preserves for blueberry preserves.
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