Local Baker Prepares for Caldwell Kolache Baking Contest

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The Caldwell Kolache Festival is Saturday and if you're in need of the sugary pastries, you can find dozens upon dozens in Burleson County.

One of the most famed attractions at the festival is the State-Wide Kolache Baking Championship.

Hundreds of competitors vie for the grand champion title, and Shayna Kindt has won the title twice over the years.

"Every year we learn something new," Kindt said.

Kindt's family is making sure the art of baking Kolaches lasts for generations to come.

"Ever since I was little I've been working with the dough," Kindt said.

Kindt was taught by her grandmother and aunt how to make the traditional Czech wedding pastry.

"These girls were willing to come and learn," Kindt's aunt Lydia Faust said. "I pretty well taught them what they know."

The light as air sugary delight is known to many as a Kolache, but ask the experts like Shayna's aunt Lydia.

"There is no "e" on it," Faust said. "It's pronounced "kolach.""

The experts are specific when it comes to pronunciation, but whatever the way you choose to say it, it's a treat this family could make in their sleep.

"I'll probably make two to three dozen or more just to pick out those particular ones I want," Kindt said.

Shayna is preparing for the Caldwell Kolache Festival's statewide baking championship.
She mixes the dough, rolls it out, and fills it with sugary goodness.
Then with a little sprinkle of a sugar mixture on top, the kolaches go straight into the oven.

Shayna is no newcomer to the baking contest, but she still gets nervous.

''Every year you always get the butterflies in your stomach," Kindt said. "You're just waiting on them to call your name out."

But for this family it's not all about the title, baking is a tradition.

"It's fun working with these youth to help them understand this is work and a culture we don't want to have lost," Faust said.

So win or lose, this family has found a sugary sweet hobby that's keeping them together.

The State-Wide Kolache Baking Championship is open to adult and youth non-professional bakers and professionals.
Registration is from 7:45 to 10 a.m. September 9, and judging will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

All kolaches will be sold immediately after the judging is completed to cover the cost of the event.
Winners will be announced at or around 3:30p.m. at the South Stage (corner of Buck and Echols).

For additional information about guidelines or entries contact the Tx. Cooperative Extension Burleson County at 979-567-2308 or www.burleson-tx.tamu.edu.

The 22nd Annual Kolache Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. around the square in downtown Caldwell.
Attractions include all day entertainment, a kolache eating contest, Czech genealogy search, arts and crafts vendors, and a 5K run/walk.