I can’t think of a cookie recipe more simple and more delicious than the recipe for Czech plum cakes. These cookies only contain three ingredients and no added sugar and yet their flaky, light deliciousness knows no bounds. These cookies almost remind me of a quick and rough way to make puff pastry. The trick with these cookies is to handle the dough minimally and use the Czech plum jam if you can find it. The cookies are traditionally made with Powidl jam which is a rich, thick dark purple jam made in the Czech Republic from late harvest Italian plums. It can be hard to find but if you can locate this real jewel of a jam then utilize it in this recipe. Not only is it traditional to the cookies but it imparts a rich flavor and beautiful color. And now sit back and enjoy the recipe for these Czech cookies which are notorious crowd-pleasers.
Povidla Kolace (Plum Jam Cakes)
8 oz unsalted butter
8 oz ricotta cheese
8 oz all purpose flour
Plum jam (preferably Czech Powidl jam if you can find it)
Combine ingredients together on counter. Cut in butter and cheese until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Use your hangs to form the ingredients into a dough, folding the dough over as you press it together. When the dough is formed refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so the dough can chill and the gluten can relax.
Once the dough has cooled roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 X 2 in. squares. Place a dollop of jam in each dough square. Press the opposite corners of each square together and pinch very tightly to form a dough purse. Space with room on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Dust lightly with confectionary sugar and serve.